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Integration of the evidence on gene–disease associations: methods of HuGE reviews

Julian P. T. Higgins and Julian Little

in Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398441
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.003.0011
 							Integration of the evidence on gene–disease associations: methods of HuGE reviews

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Human Genome Epidemiology (HuGE) reviews have been a cornerstone of the efforts of the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet) to develop an online resource to house the cumulative and changing information on epidemiologic aspects of human genes. HuGE reviews may collate evidence on population frequencies of genetic variants, genotype-phenotype associations, interactions among genes and between genes, and environmental exposures, or a combination of these. More than 70 HuGE reviews have been completed under the auspices of HuGENet, with more than 80 in preparation at the time of writing. This chapter explains what HuGE reviews aim to achieve and describes some key components of the methodology for undertaking them. The material is also directly relevant to reviews and meta-analysis of genetic association studies undertaken by groups outside of HuGENet.

Keywords: genetic association studies; gene-disease associations; HuGE; HuGENet; genome-wide association studies

Chapter.  5350 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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