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Dissecting the genetics of complex traits using summary association statistics

By Bogdan Pasaniuc, Alkes Price

Posted 01 Sep 2016
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/072934 (published DOI: 10.1038/nrg.2016.142)

During the past decade, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have successfully identified tens of thousands of genetic variants associated with complex traits and diseases. These studies have produced vast repositories of genetic variation and trait measurements across millions of individuals, providing tremendous opportunities for further analyses. However, privacy concerns and other logistical considerations often limit access to individual-level genetic data, motivating the development of methods that analyze summary association statistics. Here we review recent progress on statistical methods that leverage summary association data to gain insights into the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases.

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