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[PMID:28506277] [Genome Biology]

Quantifying the mapping precision of genome-wide association studies using whole-genome sequencing data

“Using simulations based on whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data from 3642 unrelated individuals of European descent, we show that the association signals at rare causal variants (minor allele frequency ≤ 0.01) are very unlikely to be mapped to common variants in GWAS using either WGS data or imputed data and vice versa. We predict that at least 80% of the common variants identified from published GWAS using imputed data are within 33.5 Kbp of the causal variants, a resolution that is comparable with that using WGS data. Mapping precision at these loci will improve with increasing sample sizes of GWAS in the future. For rare variants, the mapping precision of GWAS using WGS data is extremely high, suggesting WGS is an efficient strategy to detect and fine-map rare variants simultaneously.” Work from Jian Yang.

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