International Consortium Completes Map of Human Genetic Variation

October 27, 2005 PRESS RELEASE

The International HapMap Consortium has published a comprehensive catalog of human genetic variation. In the October 27 issue of the journal Nature, more than 200 researchers from Canada, China, Japan, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States describe the initial results from their public-private effort to chart the patterns of genetic variation common in the world's population. The results will promote research of genes involved in common disease and genes related to pharmaceutical responsiveness. The results are also expected to contribute significantly to advances in medical technology in the 21st century.