The Object Management Group’s life sciences research domain task force has set its sights on two new standardization goals. At its recent meeting in Orlando, June 24 to 28, the group began drafting two new requests for proposals. If things go as planned, RFPs for “Gene Expression Identifier and Query Service” and “Biochemical and Cellular Pathways” will issue at the group’s next meeting, scheduled for Helsinki, Finland, September 30 to October 4.

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