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Nat Genet. 2010 Sep;42(9):739-41. doi: 10.1038/ng.639. Epub 2010 Aug 8.

Genome-wide association analyses identifies a susceptibility locus for tuberculosis on chromosome 18q11.2.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Medicine, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany.

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  • Nat Genet. 2011 Oct;43(10):1040.


We combined two tuberculosis genome-wide association studies from Ghana and The Gambia with subsequent replication in a combined 11,425 individuals. rs4331426, located in a gene-poor region on chromosome 18q11.2, was associated with disease (combined P = 6.8 x 10(-9), odds ratio = 1.19, 95% CI = 1.13-1.27). Our study demonstrates that genome-wide association studies can identify new susceptibility loci for infectious diseases, even in African populations, in which levels of linkage disequilibrium are particularly low.

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