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Title: Inference on the Genetic Basis of Eye and Skin Colour in an Admixed Population via Bayesian Linear Mixed Models.
Authors: Lloyd-Jones, L. R.
Robinson, M. R.
Moser, G.
Zeng, J.
Beleza, Sandra
Tang, H.
Barsh, G. S.
Visscher, P. M.
First Published: 4-Apr-2017
Publisher: Genetics Society of America
Citation: Genetics, 2017, 206 (1)
Abstract: Genetic association studies in admixed populations are under-represented in the genomics literature, with a key concern for researchers being the adequate control of spurious associations due to population structure. Linear mixed models (LMMs) are well suited for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) because they account for both population stratification and cryptic relatedness and achieve increased statistical power by jointly modelling all genotyped markers. Additionally, Bayesian LMMs allow for more flexible assumptions about the underlying distribution of genetic effects, and can concurrently estimate the proportion of phenotypic variance explained by genetic markers. Using three recently published Bayesian LMMs Bayes R, BSLMM, and BOLT-LMM, we investigate an existing data set on eye (n = 625) and skin (n = 684) colour from Cape Verde: an island nation off West Africa home to individuals with a broad range of phenotypic values for eye and skin colour due to the mix of West African and European ancestry. We use simulations to demonstrate the utility of Bayesian LMMs for mapping loci and studying the genetic architecture of quantitative traits in admixed populations. The Bayesian LMMs provide evidence for two new pigmentation loci: one for eye colour (AHRR) and one for skin colour (DDB1).
DOI Link: 10.1534/genetics.116.193383
ISSN: 0016-6731
eISSN: 1943-2631
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, The Genetics Society of America.
Description: The file associated with this record is under permanent embargo in accordance with the publisher policy. The final published version may be available through the links above.
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