The integrated map of the Mycobacterium leprae genome unveiled for the first time the genomic organization of this obligate intracellular parasite. Selected cosmid clones, isolated from a genomic library created in the cosmid vector Lorist6, were identified as representing nearly the complete genome and were subsequently used in the M. leprae genome sequencing project. Now a new version of the integrated map of M. leprae can be presented, combining the mapping results from the Lorist6 cosmids with data obtained from a second genomic library constructed in an Escherichia coli-mycobacterium shuttle cosmid, pYUB18. More than 98% of the M. leprae genome is now covered by overlapping large insert genomic clones representing a renewable source of well defined DNA segments and a powerful tool for functional genomics.