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Rosetta Inpharmatics of Kirkland, Wash., announced that it would distribute for free version 1.0 of the Rosetta Gene Expression Markup Language Conductor tools. Based on GEML, an open standard XML file format, the package enables researchers to visualize and exchange data between different gene expression databases and analysis systems. The product is available for download at http://www.rii.com.

The software includes tools for file conversion, plot and table viewing, customizable visualization, hotlinks to databases and information on the Web, converters, and error models.

Population genetics company DeCode Genetics is planning to enter the growing bioinformatics arena. Kari Stefansson, CEO of the Reykjavik-based company, said the company would begin marketing its informatics systems to outside customers in the next year and expects to announce an agreement to provide software to an unnamed customer within the next couple of months. DeCode’s decision to enter the informatics realm stems from the company’s own need to make sense of its growing heap of data. The company, which has legal access to the health records of the entire Icelandic population, has collected DNA from over 40,000 of the country’s inhabitants and genotyped over 33,000 people. "I’ll bet you any amount of money that over the next five to 10 years, our company will be much more an informatics company than a biology company," Stefansson said.

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