Monday, August 20, 2001
The first planning meetings for a public-private haplotype
map have barely finished and already the kinds of disagreements that occurred
during the sequencing of the human genome appear to be surfacing. Most likely,
there will be separate projects running in parallel using different methodologies
to create different maps.
Haplotypes are groups of genetic variation (SNPs) that tend
to associate together. The value of haplotypes lies in their ability to be used
as markers for disease susceptibility or drug response.