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OMG Doubles Number of Adopted Life Science Standards at Irvine Meeting

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The endorsement of the Model-Driven Architecture wasn’t the only news to come out of the latest OMG meeting. The Life Sciences Research Domain Task Force also formally adopted the Bibliographic Query Service and Macromolecular Structure specifications submitted by the European Bioinformatics Institute and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, respectively.

The new standards join the Biomolecular Sequence Analysis and Genomic Maps specifications adopted last year.

The LSR also extended the voting list for the gene expression request for proposals to April 16, 2001. Revised submissions for the gene expression RFP are due June 18. The group will next meet in Paris, April 24-26, where submissions for the Biomolecular Sequence Analysis Entities RFP will be presented.

The LSR also finalized its plans to host the Objects in Bio- and Cheminformatics 2001 conference in Danvers, Mass., July 9-10. The theme of OiBC-2001 will be sharing best practices for implementing object-based systems for life sciences research.

— BT

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