SNPselector: a web tool for selecting SNPs for genetic association studies

Bioinformatics. 2005 Nov 15;21(22):4181-6. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bti682. Epub 2005 Sep 22.


Summary: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used for association studies to find genes responsible for complex genetic diseases. With the recent advance of SNP technology, researchers are able to assay thousands of SNPs in a single experiment. But the process of manually choosing thousands of genotyping SNPs for tens or hundreds of genes is time consuming. We have developed a web-based program, SNPselector, to automate the process. SNPselector takes a list of gene names or a list of genomic regions as input and searches the Ensembl genes or genomic regions for available SNPs. It prioritizes these SNPs on their tagging for linkage disequilibrium, SNP allele frequencies and source, function, regulatory potential and repeat status. SNPselector outputs result in compressed Excel spreadsheet files for review by the user.

Availability: SNPselector is freely available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / genetics
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetics, Population
  • Genome, Human
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Models, Genetic
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Software
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Peptides