Concepts and Relevance of GWAS

         March 17, 2016

Concepts and Relevance of Genome-Wide Association Studies

Genome-Wide Association Studies continue to be a very effective method for determining the underlying cause of disease, Golden Helix is happy to share our long-standing knowledge with the community. We are very happy to announce that “Concepts and Relevance of Genome-Wide Association Studies”, a paper surrounding GWAS was recently published in Science Progress (Science Progress (2016), 99(1), 59 – 67, Paper 1500149 doi:10.3184/003685016X14558068452913). The paper was written by Dr. Andreas Scherer, our CEO and President at Golden Helix and Dr. Bryce Christensen, formerly of Golden Helix.

Below is the abstract for Concepts and Relevance of Genome-Wide Association Studies as well as a link to a full pdf version of the article. Enjoy!

Abstract: Genome-wide association study (GWAS) technology has been a primary method for identifying the genes responsible for diseases and other traits for the past 10 years. Over 2,000 human GWAS reports now appear in the scientific journals. The technology is continuing to improve and has recently become accessible to researchers studying a wide variety of animals, plants and model organisms. Here, we present an overview of GWAS concepts: the underlying biology, the origins of the method, and the primary components of a GWAS experiment.

To read the full paper, check it out on our website here.

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