Optimizing rare variant association studies in theory and practice
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CitationWang, Sophie. 2014. Optimizing rare variant association studies in theory and practice. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractGenome-wide association studies (GWAS) have greatly improved our understanding of the genetic basis of complex traits. However, there are two major limitations with GWAS. First, most common variants identified by GWAS individually or in combination explain only a small proportion of heritability. This raises the possibility that additional forms of genetic variation, such as rare variants, could contribute to the missing heritability. The second limitation is that GWAS typically cannot identify which genes are being affected by the associated variants. Examination of rare variants, especially those in coding regions of the genome, can help address these issues. Moreover, several studies have recently identified low-frequency variants at both known and novel loci associated with complex traits, suggesting that functionally significant rare variants exist in the human population.
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