Consistency of Linkage Results across Exams and Methods in the Framingham Heart Study
Atwood, Larry D.
Heard-Costa, Nancy L.
Cupples, L. Adrienne
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CitationAtwood, Larry D, Nancy L Heard-Costa, L Adrienne Cupples, Daniel Levy. "Consistency of linkage results across exams and methods in the Framingham Heart Study" BMC Genetics 4(Suppl 1):S30. (2003)
BACKGROUND. The repeated measures in the Framingham Heart Study in the Genetic Analysis Workshop 13 data set allow us to test for consistency of linkage results within a study across time. We compared regression-based linkage to variance components linkage across time for six quantitative traits in the real data. RESULTS. The variance components approach found 11 significant linkages, the regression-based approach found 4. There was only one region that overlapped. Consistency between exams generally decreased as the time interval between exams increased. The regression-based approach showed higher consistency in linkage results across exams. CONCLUSION. The low consistency between exams and between methods may help explain the lack of replication between studies in this field.