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Genetics. Jun 2002; 161(2): 905–914.
PMCID: PMC1462147

Application of the false discovery rate to quantitative trait loci interval mapping with multiple traits.

Abstract

Controlling the false discovery rate (FDR) has been proposed as an alternative to controlling the genome-wise error rate (GWER) for detecting quantitative trait loci (QTL) in genome scans. The objective here was to implement FDR in the context of regression interval mapping for multiple traits. Data on five traits from an F2 swine breed cross were used. FDR was implemented using tests at every 1 cM (FDR1) and using tests with the highest test statistic for each marker interval (FDRm). For the latter, a method was developed to predict comparison-wise error rates. At low error rates, FDR1 behaved erratically; FDRm was more stable but gave similar significance thresholds and number of QTL detected. At the same error rate, methods to control FDR gave less stringent significance thresholds and more QTL detected than methods to control GWER. Although testing across traits had limited impact on FDR, single-trait testing was recommended because there is no theoretical reason to pool tests across traits for FDR. FDR based on FDRm was recommended for QTL detection in interval mapping because it provides significance tests that are meaningful, yet not overly stringent, such that a more complete picture of QTL is revealed.

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