By Uduak Grace Thomas

Partek will soon offer a new application that unites two commonly used genotype association approaches in order to measure genetic relatedness between individuals.

The approach is expected to improve the identification of biomarkers from genome-wide association study data because it will provide a more accurate characterization of unreported familial relationships, which would otherwise inflate the occurrence of common SNPs in the dataset and lead to misinterpretation of the data.

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