Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reducing the exome search space for Mendelian diseases using genetic linkage analysis of exome genotypes

Reducing the exome search space for Mendelian diseases using genetic linkage analysis of exome genotypes: Many exome sequencing studies of Mendelian disorders fail to optimally exploit family information. Classical genetic linkage analysis is an effective method for eliminating a large fraction of the candidate causal variants discovered, even in small families that lack a unique linkage peak. We demonstrate that accurate genetic linkage mapping can be performed using SNP genotypes extracted from exome data, removing the need for separate array-based genotyping. We provide software to facilitate such analyses.

(Via Genome Biology - Latest Articles.)