Journal article

The advantages of dense marker sets for linkage analysis with very large families

Russell Thomson, Stephen Quinn, James McKay, Jeremy Silver, Melanie Bahlo, Liesel FitzGerald, Simon Foote, Jo Dickinson, Jim Stankovich

HUMAN GENETICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2007


Dense sets of hundreds of thousands of markers have been developed for genome-wide association studies. These marker sets are also beneficial for linkage analysis of large, deep pedigrees containing distantly related cases. It is impossible to analyse jointly all genotypes in large pedigrees using the Lander-Green Algorithm, however, as marker density increases it becomes less crucial to analyse all individuals' genotypes simultaneously. In this report, an approximate multipoint non-parametric technique is described, where large pedigrees are split into many small pedigrees, each containing just two cases. This technique is demonstrated, using phased data from the International Hapmap Projec..

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