PRINCETON, NJ--The SNP Consortium has selected pharmacogenetics company Orchid Biocomputer here to perform independent confirmation and quality-control testing on a sample of the several thousand single-nucleotide polymorphisms identified so far by the four laboratories participating in its initiative. Lincoln Stein of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who is directing bioinformatics tasks for the consortium, noted, "This is a step being performed before the initial release so we can tell the community with confidence that we are publishing the correct SNPs."

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