This project is concerned with developing new statistical methodology for population genetic data. Attention will be focused on three main areas concerned with dependencies among sets of alleles: the characterization of population structure, the characterization of the association patterns within and between genetic markers and along haplotypes, and the characterization of relatedness and inbreeding for individuals. Theory will be developed at least in part in response to the needs of current large-scale SNP surveys for humans and in anticipation of whole-genome sequence data sets. The population-specific measures of population structure described by B.S. Weir and W.G. Hill will be applied to recently published whole-genome SNP data sets and whole-genome sequence data sets. Methods will be sought to improve methods of drawing inferences about these quantities. Measures of identity by descent and of population structure have the potential to identify regions of the human genome that have been subject to natural selection, and these analyses will be conducted with attention to the large variation and skewness imposed by the evolutionary process. The work of CC. Laurie and B.S. Weir on detecting chromosomal features, such as inversions, by examining correlations of individual SNPs with principal components derived from large sets of SNPs will be extended. The partial regression approach introduced for QTL mapping will be applied to this problem. Measures of linkage disequilibrium that do not depend on genotypic phase were introduced and have been used previously by these investigators. They will now be extended to the situation of disequilibrium between pairs of loci when several SNPs typed for each gene. Association mapping continues to be of considerable interest to human geneticists and the problem of accounting for (even low level) relatedness will be addressed. Ignoring individuals with at least one relative in a case-control study, for example, can lead to a loss of power. Previous work of Y. Choi and B.S. Weir that modified simple allelic association tests will be extended to the more appropriate logistic regression methods.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
5P01GM099568-03
Application #
8668087
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-GGG-M)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2014-05-01
Budget End
2015-04-30
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$358,332
Indirect Cost
$115,995
Name
University of Washington
Department
Type
DUNS #
605799469
City
Seattle
State
WA
Country
United States
Zip Code
98195
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