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own resources to make this possible," said Kelly A. Frazer, Ph.D., vice president of genomics at Perlegen. "We are confident that the end result of this public-private collaboration will be an outstanding human haplotype map that will provide a major new tool in the effort to combat human disease through an understanding of its genetic components."

Researchers around the globe can quickly access the HapMap data through free public databases, such as the HapMap Data Coordination Center (http://www.hapmap.org), the NIH-funded National Center for Biotechnology Information's dbSNP (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/SNP/) and the JSNP Database in Japan (http://snp.ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp/).

"Adding this large number of new SNPs to the map will make it even easier for researchers to correlate genetic variation with gene function. Such information is crucial for the development of therapies and preventive strategies tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup," said Martin Godbout, Ph.D., president and CEO of Genome Canada, who also was speaking on behalf of Genome Quebec.


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