Mapping complex disease loci in whole-genome association studies.
Carlson CS, Eberle MA, Kruglyak L, Nickerson DA
Nature (2004)
Category: genomics ¤ Added: Jun 23, 2004 ¤ Rating: ◊◊
Identification of the genetic polymorphisms that contribute to susceptibility for common diseases such as type 2 diabetes and schizophrenia will aid in the development of diagnostics and therapeutics. Previous studies have focused on the technique of genetic linkage, but new technologies and experimental resources make whole-genome association studies more feasible. Association studies of this type have good prospects for dissecting the genetics of common disease, but they currently face a number of challenges, including problems with multiple testing and study design, definition of intermediate phenotypes and interaction between polymorphisms.