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A robust statistical method for case-control association testing with copy number variation

Barnes, C; Plagnol, V; Fitzgerald, T; Redon, R; Marchini, J; Clayton, D; Hurles, ME; (2008) A robust statistical method for case-control association testing with copy number variation. NAT GENET , 40 (10) 1245 - 1252.

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Abstract

Copy number variation (CNV) is pervasive in the human genome and can play a causal role in genetic diseases. The functional impact of CNV cannot be fully captured through linkage disequilibrium with SNPs. These observations motivate the development of statistical methods for performing direct CNV association studies. We show through simulation that current tests for CNV association are prone to false-positive associations in the presence of differential errors between cases and controls, especially if quantitative CNV measurements are noisy. We present a statistical framework for performing case-control CNV association studies that applies likelihood ratio testing of quantitative CNV measurements in cases and controls. We show that our methods are robust to differential errors and noisy data and can achieve maximal theoretical power. We illustrate the power of these methods for testing for association with binary and quantitative traits, and have made this software available as the R package CNVtools.

Type:Article
Title:A robust statistical method for case-control association testing with copy number variation
Keywords:GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION, STRUCTURAL VARIATION, ALPHA-THALASSEMIA, DISEASE, SUSCEPTIBILITY, DUPLICATIONS, POLYMORPHISM, PREDISPOSES, SCALE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Cell and Developmental Biology
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Genetics, Evolution and Environment > UCL Genetics Institute

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