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Fujitsu Endorses the BSML

Fujitsu Endorses the BSML Standard for Biological Information

Fujitsu Will Use BSML as the XML-based Specification for Bioinformatic Data Integration

Tokyo, Japan, McLean, VA and Columbus, OH, USA. November 26, 2001.

Fujitsu and LabBook, Inc., today announced that Fujitsu has endorsed the BSML standard for communicating genomic information.

Fujitsu joins a rapidly growing list of organizations supporting the open BSML standard for genome research. Among the others are the EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, John Wiley & Sons, Ohio Supercomputer Center, NetGenics, Celestar Lexico-Sciences, ApoCom Genomics, National Foundation for Cancer Research, and other BIO member companies.

BSML (Bioinformatic Sequence Markup Language) is an open and freely available Extensible Markup Language (XML) format that allows life science researchers to integrate, annotate, and visualize complex genetic sequences and rich bioinformatics content. BSML documents are composed of two independent sections, one encoding the biological content and the other encoding visualization information for effective communication of the content (for more, go to

"Fujitsu has always supported open industry standards," said Mr. Makoto Ogura, General Manager, Life Science and Material Science Division, Fujitsu Limited. "Our clients have a critical need to integrate the huge amounts of bioinformatic data both in public and private databases. LabBook's BSML specification is the most mature and robust specification that will enable us to serve our clients' needs. We expect it to become the global standard in Bioinformatics."

Dr. Adel Mikhail, LabBook's Senior Vice President, said, "BSML provides Fujitsu users with a truly effective way to integrate the various applications and data sources that they use in the course of their discovery."

About BSML

BSML is a standard XML data format that captures the richness of genome research data in documents that retain the biological meanings and relationships of the content. BSML was created as an evolving open public domain standard for the bioinformatics community. LabBook provides BSML for effective management, communication, and interoperability of bioinformatic data, enabling lightweight integration of information from public databases, internal sources, and researchers' annotations. LabBook has created BSML converters for many data sources, including GenBank, EMBL, Ensembl, OHGD, Swiss-Prot, and internal databases, with converters for AGAVE in progress. BSML provides a robust mechanism to exchange data more efficiently across bioinformatics systems. The BSML standard is freely available from

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. visit Fujitsu at

About LabBook

LabBook, Inc. is an XML-powered life science informatics software and information provider for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and academic researchers. LabBook's enabling software, including the Genomic XML Browser and XML converters, maximizes the value of bioinformatic data by delivering information as 'live' reusable documents in a highly visual and interactive discovery environment. The combination of the BSML standard for bioinformatics with a biology-smart browser creates the ideal front-end for life science informatics that enables dynamic integration and annotation of diverse databases. LabBook, Inc. offices are located in McLean, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Columbus, Ohio. More information can be found at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Bioinformatic Sequence Markup Language (BSML)."

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