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Title: The power of meta-analysis in genome-wide association studies.
Authors: Panagiotou OA,  Willer CJ,  Hirschhorn JN,  Ioannidis JP
Journal: Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet
Date: 2013
Branches: BB, IIB
PubMed ID: 23724904
PMC ID: PMC4040957
Abstract: Meta-analysis of multiple genome-wide association (GWA) studies has become common practice over the past few years. The main advantage of this technique is the maximization of power to detect subtle genetic effects for common traits. Moreover, one can use meta-analysis to probe and identify heterogeneity in the effect sizes across the combined studies. In this review, we systematically appraise and evaluate the characteristics of GWA meta-analyses with 10,000 or more subjects published up to June 2012. We provide an overview of the current landscape of variants discovered by GWA meta-analyses, and we discuss and assess with extrapolations from empirical data the value of larger meta-analyses for the discovery of additional genetic associations and new biology in the future. Finally, we discuss some emerging logistical and practical issues related to the conduct of meta-analysis of GWA studies.