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Title: On transferability of genome-wide tagSNPs.
Authors: Gu CC,  Yu K,  Ketkar S,  Templeton AR,  Rao DC
Journal: Genet Epidemiol
Date: 2008 Feb
Branches: BB
PubMed ID: 17896344
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: The question of tagging single nucleotide polymorphism (tagSNP) transferability is an important one because many ongoing and upcoming Genome-Wide Association studies rely critically upon the validity, and practical feasibility of using a universal core set of tagSNPs. A series of recent studies analyzed performance of tagSNPs selected based on the HapMap. While these studies showed largely satisfactory transferability of the tagSNPs, they also reported that the level of transferability varies, substantively sometimes, especially when tagSNPs selected in one population were used in another distant population. We present a review of the literature about where and why tagSNP transferability may become a problem and suggest research directions that may help the resolution.