Calculating Genetic Correlations Between Diseases Using LD-Score Regression

Kermo Saarse
Genetic correlation is a measure which estimates a common genetic cause for two or more diseases. In this thesis, data from Estonian BioBank is used as input to LD-score regression method, which allows to calculate genetic correlations using data from genome wide association studies. It turned out that a large part of the data was not suitable for the method and very few of the successfully calculated results were statistically significant. When genetic correlations were compared to relative risk, a positive correlation was detected. The main lesson from this thesis is that larger sample sizes must be used for similar studies in the future.
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Bachelor - Computer Science
Kaur Alasoo, Jaanika Kronberg
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