Jane Westlake

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The classic variance components for simple polygenic traits - additive, dominance, and environmental variance - have traditionally been estimated from sample covariances between first-degree relatives. If data is gathered on pedigrees, this statistical procedure wastes information. Recently Elston & Stewart suggested an alternative likelihood procedure that(More)
Refinements of the scoring algorithm to estimate variance components from pedigree data are developed. Subsequent to these modifications, heritability estimates were readily obtained from data for over 50 traits, including total finger ridge count reported here. A significant contribution to the total variance of ridge count could be attributed to the(More)
Data on cleft lip with or without cleft palate are utilized to evaluate a new method for estimating recurrence risk under the polygenic threshold model. The influence of critical factors on the accuracy of the estimated risks are evaluated. The model is relatively sensitive to the estimate of heritability employed and relatively robust to the population(More)
The effect of changing the brand and batches of the silica stationary phase used with a methanol-aqueous ammonium nitrate eluent for the high-performance liquid chromatographic separation of basic drugs has been studied. Considerable care had to be taken to obtain a reproducible eluent and the effect of small changes in the concentration of the ammonia(More)
The long-term reproducibility of the separation of basic drugs by high-performance liquid chromatography using a silica column with a methanol-high-pH eluent was examined. The relative capacity factors of specific tertiary amines changed systematically compared with the other drugs on storage of the columns for 1 year. The changes were enhanced on storing(More)
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