Journal article

Fine-scale mapping of disease loci via shattered coalescent modeling of genealogies

AP Morris, JC Whittaker, DJ Balding

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS | CELL PRESS | Published : 2002

Abstract

We present a Bayesian, Markov-chain Monte Carlo method for fine-scale linkage-disequilibrium gene mapping using high-density marker maps. The method explicitly models the genealogy underlying a sample of case chromosomes in the vicinity of a putative disease locus, in contrast with the assumption of a star-shaped tree made by many existing multipoint methods. Within this modeling framework, we can allow for missing marker information and for uncertainty about the true underlying genealogy and the makeup of ancestral marker haplotypes. A crucial advantage of our method is the incorporation of the shattered coalescent model for genealogies, allowing for multiple founding mutations at the disea..

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