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NHGRI Awards Perlegen $6 Million to Participate in HapMap Project

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - Perlegen Sciences has won a $6 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to support the International HapMap Project, the company said today.

Perlegen will use the funding to employ oligonucleotide arrays made by Affymetrix to genotype more than 2.3 million SNPs in 270 samples - or more than 600 million genotypes, or one cent per SNP - from four populations being studied by the HapMap Project.

Members of the HapMap Consortium are genotyping approximately 1 million SNPs in the 270 samples, or about 270 million genotypes.

In a statement, Perlegen said will complete all of the genotyping "within one year or less." The data will be made freely available to all researchers through dbSNP and the HapMapDataCoordinationCenterat the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (www.hapmap.org).

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