The International HapMap Project is officially underway. A three-year, $100 million global effort to catalog haplotypes in the human genome, the project is hailed by supporters as a brilliant investment of research dollars for the worthy cause of advancing medicine, and by detractors as yet another way to throw away money on an unproven idea.

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