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The increasing number of DNA polymorphisms characterized in humans will soon allow the construction of fine genetic maps of human chromosomes. This advance calls for a reexamination of current methodologies for linkage analysis by the family method. We have investigated the relative efficiency of two-point and three-point linkage tests for the detection of… (More)
A computer program that calculates lod scores and genetic risks for a wide variety of both qualitative and quantitative genetic traits is discussed. An illustration is given of the joint use of a genetic marker, affection status, and quantitative information in counseling situations regarding Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Multilocus linkage analysis is investigated from the viewpoint of the efficiency of recombination estimates under different strategies for detecting linkage and determining gene order within a linkage group. We consider the appropriateness of assuming no interference with data available in human genetic studies. Examples are given to show the significance… (More)
Essential hypertension is a common human disease believed to result from the interplay of multiple genetic and environmental determinants. In genetic studies of two large panels of hypertensive sibships from widely separated geographical areas, we obtained evidence of genetic linkage between the angiotensinogen gene (AGT) and hypertension, demonstrated… (More)
Methods are given for efficient calculation of the likelihood for multilocus linkage in families comprised of grandparents, parents, and children. Such families are being used in large-scale cooperative efforts to build a detailed linkage map of the human genome. The methods are illustrated by an application to loci on chromosome 13.
Complex segregation analysis has been extended to apply to nuclear families and relatives outside the nuclear family that have led to its ascertainment. These individuals are referred to as pointers. The mixed model of Morton and MacLean has been modified to allow for a sex-linked major gene, mutation, and generational differences in multifactorial… (More)
The angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) is a key component of the renin angiotensin system that contributes to the regulation of blood pressure (BP). Recent demonstration of linkage between the ACE locus and elevated BP in a rat model of hypertension has further emphasized ACE as a candidate gene in human hypertension. We report the localization of the ACE… (More)
A common molecular variant of angiotensinogen (AGT), the precursor of the potent vasoactive hormone angiotensin II, has been incriminated as a marker for a genetic predisposition to essential hypertension in Caucasians (Jeunemaitre, X., F. Soubrier, Y. V. Kotelevtsev, R. P. Lifton, C. S. Williams, A. Charru, S. C. Hunt, P. N. Hopkins, R. R. Williams, J. M.… (More)