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An Algorithm for Optimal Testing in Co-segregation Analysis
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  • Ronald Buie,
  • John Rañola,
  • Annie Chen,
  • Brian Shirts
Ronald Buie
University of Washington School of Medicine

Corresponding Author:buierw@uw.edu

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John Rañola
Ambry Genetics Corp
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Annie Chen
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Brian Shirts
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Clinical genetic sequencing tests often identify variants of uncertain significance (VUS). One source of data that can help classify the pothogenicity of variants is familial cosegregation analysis. Identifying and genotyping relatives for cosegregation analysis can be time consuming and costly. We propose an algorithm that describes a single measure of expected variant information gain from genotyping a single additional relative in a family. Then we explore the performance of this algorithm by comparing actual recruitment strategies used in 35 families who had pursued cosegregation analysis with synthetic pedigrees of possible testing outcomes if the families had pursued an optimized testing strategy instead. For each actual and synthetic pedigree, we calculated the likelihood ratio of pathogenicity as each successive test was added to the pedigree. We analyzed the differences in cosegregation likelihood ratio over time resulting from actual versus optimized testing approaches. Employing the testing strategy indicated by the algorithm would have led to maximal information more rapidly in 30 of the 35 pedigrees (86%). Many clinical and research laboratories are involved in targeted cosegregation analysis. The algorithm we present can facilitate a data driven approach to optimal relative recruitment and genotyping for cosegregation analysis and more efficient variant classification.
10 Jul 2021Submitted to Human Mutation
14 Jul 2021Submission Checks Completed
14 Jul 2021Assigned to Editor
01 Sep 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
05 Nov 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
12 Nov 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
15 Jan 20221st Revision Received
31 Jan 2022Submission Checks Completed
31 Jan 2022Assigned to Editor
05 Feb 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
May 2022Published in Human Mutation volume 43 issue 5 on pages 547-556. 10.1002/humu.24363