Bioinformatics Dept.

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

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Genetic Association Course

July 23-27, 2012
Max Delbrueck Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine
Berlin, Germany


The 2012 Course Participants

The Course Instructors

Michael Nothnagel (University of Kiel, Germany) and Suzanne M. Leal (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, U.S.A.)

Course Description

The goal of the course was to teach the course participants both theory and application of methods for population based association analysis, with a concentration on the analysis of whole genome scan data. The course included theory as well as practical exercises. The exercises were carried out using a variety of computer programs. The course participants learned how to use and interpret the results for a number of programs, e.g. PLINK, R and UNPHASED.

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Data Sets

The data sets used during the computer exercises are available for download below. Due to its size, the data archive for the impute exercise will be available separately from the other data sets. To save the files to your computer, press the right-click button of your mouse (or Strg + mouse-click under MacOS), select 'Save as ..' and then choose an appropriate directory at your local disc.

To unpack the data under Windows, use either the integrated functionality of Windows 7's explorer or one of the following programs: 7-zip, WinZip.

To unpack the data under Linux/MacOs, open a shell, change to the directory that contains the archive files and type the following command:
tar -xvzf data.tar.gz
This should create numerous subdirectories containing the exercises-specific data sets.

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Software Links

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Last modified: July 31, 2012