News of the WeekMICROARRAYS

Data Standards on the Horizon

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Science  20 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5516, pp. 414-415
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5516.414b

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Microarrays offer researchers a tantalizing way to reap the bounty of genome sequencing--if the torrent of data they generate can be managed properly. In an effort to tame the flood, a group of scientists is almost ready to propose standards for describing and sharing microarray data. Even so, researchers and journal editors are not very far along in figuring out how to enforce them.