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The US National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced dbGaP, a database designed to archive and distribute data from genome wide association (GWA) studies. GWA studies explore the association between specific genes (genotype information) and observable traits, such as blood pressure and weight, or the presence or absence of a disease or condition (phenotype information). dbGaP, the database of Genotype and Phenotype, will provide a central location for interested parties to see all study documentation and to view summaries of the measured variables in an organised format.