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BiRC online seminar by Po-Ru Loh, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Zoom link https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/69391094973

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Friday 25 February 2022, at 14:00 - at


Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC)
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Title:  Protein-altering variants with large phenotypic effects: rare SNPs, common VNTRs, and rare CNVs


Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of thousands of associations between genetic variants and human phenotypes. However, most such statistical associations involve noncoding variants with no clear function that typically reflect correlation rather than causation. Only a small subset of associations discovered to date involve genetic variants that directly alter protein-coding sequence. We have recently undertaken several projects to expand this set of more-interpretable genetic associations by analyzing variation in parts of the coding genome previously inaccessible to extremely large-scale (N~500K) analysis: namely, very rare coding variants and two types of structural variants. These analyses, made possible by new computational methods that leverage haplotype-sharing within biobank cohorts, have explained some of the strongest common-variant associations with human traits and identified many rare coding variants with large effect sizes (>0.5 standard deviations). These results likely represent just the beginning of the insights that will be uncovered as genetic association studies expand to truly consider genome-wide variation.