An Overview of the affected-Pedigree-Member Method of Linkage Analysis,
PITTSBURGH UNIV PA
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Human geneticists have been extremely successful in the past decade in mapping rare disease genes. For common diseases with a substantial genetic component, the payoff for human health is larger, but the mapping problems are harder. There is a need for robust statistical techniques that require minimal assumptions about the mode of inheritance of the disease studied. The affected-pedigree-member APM of linkage analysis makes virtually no assumptions about disease transmission except that it is independent of marker transmission in a pedigree. We discuss here an extension of the APM method from single markers to multiple closely linked markers. This extension should improve the power of the APM method to detect linkage.
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