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Scientists unveil the next step in the human genome project

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1056
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    In an effort to speed up the search for the genes underlying diseases, Johns Hopkins University and an international consortium of scientists are embarking on a $100m (£64m; €100m) effort to create the next generation map of human DNA.

    The venture, dubbed the international “HapMap” project, because it will map groups of genes known as haplotypes, is expected to take three years and involves public and private research centres in six countries. Its goal is to help scientists uncover the origins of complex diseases that have many genetic components, such as cancer, diabetes, and …

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