Question: Is it possible to use haplotypes instead of SNPs for association testing with phenotypes?
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William4.5k wrote:

We need to start thinking about genome analysis as haplotype reconstruction- not variant calling

Using new technology like linked reads or long reads it is becoming much easier to identify haplotypes in genomes, ie. collections of phased variants.

Can these haplotypes be used for association testing with phenotypes (e.g. qtl mapping, gwas, genomic selection) instead of SNPs? And is there any benefit to using haplotypes? Or will the future of association testing stay with SNPs?

Are there any good articles on this?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.2 years ago by GabrielMontenegro540 • written 2.2 years ago by William4.5k

Reference for genomic selection method

ADD REPLYlink written 2.2 years ago by William4.5k
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GabrielMontenegro540 wrote:

If by genomic selection you mean using haplotypes to find signatures of selection, then the answer is yes. Many popular haplotype-based tests are conducted using haplotype data. From the top of my head: iHS, nSL, XP-EHH. There are probably many more.

Doing GWAS with haplotypes is also possible and there are many softwares that can do that. Compared to individual SNP GWAS they have advantages and disadvantages, like any other method. Here's a list that I found:


ADD COMMENTlink written 2.2 years ago by GabrielMontenegro540

Thank you for the haplotype association link. I'll look in to the tools / papers listed there. I added a reference for what I mean with genomic selection as a comment to the orginal question.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.2 years ago by William4.5k
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