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DNA microarrays provide a new technique of measuring gene expression, which has attracted a lot of research interest in recent years. It was suggested that gene expression data from microarrays (biochips) can be employed in many biomedical areas, e.g., in cancer classification. ; Although several, new and existing, methods of classification were tested, a selection of proper (optimal) set of genes, the expressions of which can serve during classification, is still an open problem. Recently we have proposed a new recursive feature replacement (RFR) algorithm for choosing a suboptimal set of genes. ; The algorithm uses the support vector machines (SVM) technique. In this paper we use the RFR method for finding suboptimal gene subsets for tumor/normal colon tissue classification. The obtained results are compared with the results of applying other methods recently proposed in the literature. ; The comparison shows that the RFR method is able to find the smallest gene subset (only six genes) that gives no misclassifications in leave-one-out cross-validation for a tumor/normal colon data set. In this sense the RFR algorithm outperforms all other investigated methods.