Question: Downloading synonyms for dbSNP rsids
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3.5 years ago by
Stony Brook
devenvyas480 wrote:

I know that sometimes identical SNPs get given two different numbers and later on someone corrects that. I have an old list of dbSNP rsids from an old Illumina chip from circa 2008, and I have two sets of non-standard VCFs from about 2012 and 2013 that have rsids built-in.

I logically conjecture that there may be cases where a SNP is present in both the list and the VCFs but by different names. I have a script that UF HPC awesomely wrote for me that filters the VCFs based on any list of rsids I give it. SNPs that are being referred to by two (or three) names may be unfortunately lost.

I was wondering, how can I download a list of all the synonyms of all the rsids in my list? That way I can include the synonyms in my list, and thus only miss sites for which there is no data.


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.6 years ago by Matthias20 • written 3.5 years ago by devenvyas480
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2.6 years ago by
Matthias20 wrote:

You can download a list of "main" rsIds and their synonyms according to the latest Ensembl version here:

Hope, this helps.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.6 years ago by Matthias20
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3.5 years ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum110k wrote:

"Do you have a table of merged SNPs somewhere within dbSNP?"

"The rs merge table (RsMergeArch) is on the dbSNP ftp site, and the column definitions for it are located in dbSNP_main_table.sql.gz, which can be found in the shared_schema directory of the dbSNP FTP site. The rsHigh column in the RsMergeArch table contains the rsID numbers that merged away (rsHigh is merged to rsLow). Due to multiple merge events, sometimes rsLow is merged even further. The “rsCurrent” column refers to the current refSNP. (11/14/07)"


ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum110k

The above link is expired. The RsMergeArch.bcp.gz is now available here:

ADD REPLYlink written 9 months ago by janhuang.cn80

Nope. @Pierre's link still works (late June 2018)

ADD REPLYlink written 22 days ago by genomax51k

@Janhuang: URL posted in your post has an extra "data" string after database. URL should be: and is alive.

ADD REPLYlink written 22 days ago by cpad01127.7k
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