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How do you map a genome?

I have read and understood most of Dawkins' books, but I can't remember having seen any explanation of how a genome is mapped.

I don't mean that I would like to know the physical process, although that would be interesting as well. What I would like to know is - what does it mean to say that one has mapped the Human genome?

Each of us has unique DNA, although 99% of it is identical. But, I get the impression that the mapping of the Human genome is a mapping of 100% of the genome. Or, is that impression wrong, is it mapping only the DNA that we have in common?

Thanks

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