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Sibship Analysis of Associations Between SNP Haplotypes and a Continuous Trait With Application to Mammographic Density

J Stone, LC Gurrin, VM Hayes, MC Southey, JL Hopper, GB Byrnes



Haplotype-based association studies have been proposed as a powerful comprehensive approach to identify causal genetic variation underlying complex diseases. Data comparisons within families offer the additional advantage of dealing naturally with complex sources of noise, confounding and population stratification. Two problems encountered when investigating associations between haplotypes and a continuous trait using data from sibships are (i) the need to define within-sibship comparisons for sibships of size greater than two and (ii) the difficulty of resolving the joint distribution of haplotype pairs within sibships in the absence of parental genotypes. We therefore propose first a metho..

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