Roche Bioscience of Palo Alto, Calif., announced that it plans to make a database of mouse SNPs and a new methodology for genotyping publicly available over the Internet early next year. The project is being supported in part by a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the US National Human Genome Research Institute, making Roche the first pharma to receive such a grant.

Roche officials said this move is a smaller version of the SNP Consortium, where Roche and other large pharma and technology companies banded together to make human SNP data public.

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