New approaches to disease mapping in admixed populations

Nat Rev Genet. 2011 Jun 28;12(8):523-8. doi: 10.1038/nrg3002.


Admixed populations such as African Americans and Hispanic Americans are often medically underserved and bear a disproportionately high burden of disease. Owing to the diversity of their genomes, these populations have both advantages and disadvantages for genetic studies of complex phenotypes. Advances in statistical methodologies that can infer genetic contributions from ancestral populations may yield new insights into the aetiology of disease and may contribute to the applicability of genomic medicine to these admixed population groups.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / genetics*
  • Biomarkers
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Genetics, Population / methods*
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Genotype
  • Hispanic Americans / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Models, Genetic
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide


  • Biomarkers