NEW YORK, April 27 - Myriad Genetics made a splash earlier this month when it announced a collaboration with Hitachi and Oracle to "map the human proteome" by 2004.

The scope of this ambitious task could vary widely, depending on how the companies want to define "map" and how thorough they want to be. But regardless of how Myriad and its collaborators define the outer limits of the project, proteomics experts are questioning how much scientific value there is in Myriad's basic approach.

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