The Genome in a Bottle Consortium, a group that has been working on reference materials for human genome sequencing, plans to release its first pilot reference material, a highly characterized HapMap sample, along with a set of highly confident genotype calls early next year.

The group recently released a preliminary set of highly confident calls for the genome, based on an analysis of publicly available sequence data, and is in the process of characterizing its sequence in greater detail.

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