Whole genome approaches to quantitative genetics

Genetica. 2009 Jun;136(2):351-8. doi: 10.1007/s10709-008-9301-7. Epub 2008 Jul 31.


Apart from parent-offspring pairs and clones, relative pairs vary in the proportion of the genome that they share identical by descent. In the past, quantitative geneticists have used the expected value of sharing genes by descent to estimate genetic parameters and predict breeding values. With the possibility to genotype individuals for many markers across the genome it is now possible to empirically estimate the actual relationship between relatives. We review some of the theory underlying the variation in genetic identity, show applications to estimating genetic variance for height in humans and discuss other applications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Variation
  • Genome, Human / genetics
  • Genomics / methods*
  • Humans
  • Reproducibility of Results