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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)
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)
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.
In earlier studies, we provided statistical evidence that individual differences in the angiotensinogen gene, the precursor of the vasoactive hormone angiotensin II, constitute inherited predispositions to essential hypertension in humans. We have now identified a common variant in the proximal promoter, the presence of an adenine, instead of a guanine, 6… (More)
The case-control study design, a common staple of epidemiology, is increasingly used to test for genetic association. The simplicity of the design accounts for both its appeal and its limitations. Too often, however, apparent controversy arises for lack of appreciation of basic tenets underlying statistical testing. Power and replication are two concepts… (More)
Various methods have been proposed for statistical inference of major genes by segregation analysis of human familial data. An attempt is made to resolve some divergences that have occurred in this context by the consideration of a unified model, with some practical applications.
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)
Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA), an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by hypertension with variable hyperaldosteronism and by high levels of the abnormal adrenal steroids 18-oxocortisol and 18-hydroxycortisol, which are all under control of adrenocorticotropic hormone and suppressible by glucocorticoids. These abnormalities could… (More)