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1.  Function2Gene: A gene selection tool to increase the power of genetic association studies by utilizing public databases and expert knowledge 
BMC Bioinformatics  2008;9:311.
Background
Many common disorders have multiple genetic components which convey increased susceptibility. SNPs have been used to identify genetic components which are associated with a disease. Unfortunately, many studies using these methods suffer from low reproducibility due to lack of power.
Results
We present a set of programs which implement a novel method for searching for disease-associated genes using prior information to select and order genes from publicly available databases by their prior likelihood of association with the disease. These programs were used in a published study of childhood-onset SLE which yielded novel associations with modest sample size.
Conclusion
Using prior information to decrease the size of the problem space to an amount commensurate with available samples and resources while maintaining appropriate power enables researchers to increase their likelihood of discovering reproducible associations.
doi:10.1186/1471-2105-9-311
PMCID: PMC2500032  PMID: 18631403

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