SNPs have come a long way this year. No longer just happy-go-lucky singles, they’re starting to settle down in committed relationships, called haplotype blocks. Genomics researchers, as delighted as anybody to observe young love, have embarked on the HapMap project to figure out which SNPs are hanging together and how committed they really are. It’s too soon to tell whether the newlyweds will be fruitful, but there’s plenty of action to hold our interest.

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