Experimental strategies for the genetic dissection of complex traits in animal models

Nat Genet. 1998 Jan;18(1):19-24. doi: 10.1038/ng0198-19.


Current success in detecting complex trait loci in general, and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) using model organisms in particular, has attracted major biological and biomedical interest. The potential ability to identify genes and their function provides opportunities for new diagnostics and treatments of complex genetic diseases. Despite the success in gene mapping, however, cloning of complex trait loci or QTLs is not straightforward. A major obstacle lies in achieving fine mapping resolution for the detected loci. Compared to the rapid development of sophisticated statistical and molecular tools, development and analysis of experimental designs for various stages in QTL mapping experiments have barely been considered. In this study, novel and existing experimental strategies for QTL analysis are presented and evaluated.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Genetics*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Models, Genetic
  • Quantitative Trait, Heritable
  • Research Design