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In this paper we present a mathematical model of mutation and selection that allows for the coexistence of multiple alleles at a locus with very small selective differences between alleles. The model also allows for the determination of fitness by multiple loci. Models of this sort are biologically plausible. However, some previous attempts to construct(More)
To understand the underlying genetic architecture of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk traits, we undertook a genome-wide linkage scan to identify CVD quantitative trait loci (QTLs) in 377 individuals from the Norfolk Island population. The central aim of this research focused on the utilization of a genetically and geographically isolated population of(More)
The objective of this study was to use a robust variance component method to analyse unipolar and bipolar disorder in a large Scottish extended family (n = 168) in which linkage between markers and disease has been previously reported on the short arm of chromosome 4. Data consisted of diagnosed clinical uni- or bipolar disorder on 143 individuals, with(More)
Norfolk Island is a human genetic isolate, possessing unique population characteristics that could be utilized for complex disease gene localization. Our intention was to evaluate the extent and strength of linkage disequilibrium (LD) in the Norfolk isolate by investigating markers within Xq13.3 and the NOS2A gene encoding the inducible nitric oxide(More)
A method based on the animal model is described which allows the estimation of continuous changes in variance components over time using restricted maximum likelihood (REML). The method was applied to the analysis of a selection experiment in which a foundation population formed from a cross between two inbred strains of mice (C57BL/6J and DBA/2J) was(More)
In a QTL mapping study with an F2 population of mice, we have shown that one or more sex-linked factors account for a large part of the divergence between mouse lines selected for high and low body weight. Here, we describe a study undertaken to map the putative X-linked quantitative trait loci (QTLs) by backcrossing segments of chromosome from the high(More)
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