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Gene mapping is used in experimental genetics to improve the hardiness or productivity of animals or plants of agricultural value, to explore basic mechanisms of inheritance, or to study animal models of human inheritance. In human populations it is used as a first step to identify genes associated with human health and disease. This book presents a unified discussion of the statistical concepts applied in gene mapping, first in the experimental context of crosses of inbred lines and then in outbred populations, primarily humans. The development involves elementary principles of probability and statistics, which are implemented by computational tools based on the R programming language to simulate genetic experiments and evaluate statistical analyses. The viewpoint reflects the modern approach of using anonymous DNA markers distributed throughout the genome to identify regions likely to contain genes of interest. The reader is assumed to have some familiarity with probability/statistics and with elementary genetics. Important topics are reviewed in the first three chapters. The R programming language is developed in the text. Each chapter contains exercises, both theoretical and computational, some routine and others that are more challenging. The book is suitable for upper level undergraduate students or graduate students of genetics or statistics.
David Siegmund is the John D. and Sigrid Banks Professor in the Department of Statistics,Stanford University. He has been a visitor at The Hebrew University, the University of Zurich, the University of Heidelberg, the National University of Singapore, and the Free University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Benjamin Yakir is Associate Professor of Statistics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National University of Singapore.