Sunday, 9 June 2013
PubMed Highlight: Netherland plan to sequence full genome of 250 local trios.
After the last post on animal genome sequencing, lets get back to some human genomes.
As a part of the large European Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI), the Netherland group has launched an initiative to sequence at 15X coverage the full DNA of 250-trios from all provinces of the country, with the aim to characterize genetic variability in the dutch population. As the authors report:
"The family-based design represents a unique resource to assess the frequency of regional variants, accurately reconstruct haplotypes by family-based phasing, characterize short indels and complex structural variants, and establish the rate of de novo mutational events. GoNL will also serve as a reference panel for imputation in the available genome-wide association studies in Dutch and other cohorts to refine association signals and uncover population-specific variants".
Genomic data will be also integrated with detailed geographic and phenotype information, providing a valuable resource for genotype-phenotype correlation studies and evaluation of variant distribution across local and European population. The initiative has been named Genome of Netherlands (GoNL) and data are accessible at the dedicated web page.
Eur J Hum Genet. 2013 May 29
Boomsma DI, Wijmenga C, Slagboom EP, Swertz MA, Karssen LC, Abdellaoui A, Ye K, Guryev V, Vermaat M, van Dijk F, Francioli LC, Jan Hottenga J, Laros JF, Li Q, Li Y, Cao H, Chen R, Du Y, Li N, Cao S, van Setten J, Menelaou A, Pulit SL, Hehir-Kwa JY, Beekman M, Elbers CC, Byelas H, de Craen AJ, Deelen P, Dijkstra M, T den Dunnen J, de Knijff P, Houwing-Duistermaat J, Koval V, Estrada K, Hofman A, Kanterakis A, Enckevort DV, Mai H, Kattenberg M, van Leeuwen EM, Neerincx PB, Oostra B, Rivadeneira F, Suchiman EH, Uitterlinden AG, Willemsen G, Wolffenbuttel BH, Wang J, de Bakker PI, van Ommen GJ, van Duijn CM.
AbstractWithin the Netherlands a national network of biobanks has been established (Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure-Netherlands (BBMRI-NL)) as a national node of the European BBMRI. One of the aims of BBMRI-NL is to enrich biobanks with different types of molecular and phenotype data. Here, we describe the Genome of the Netherlands (GoNL), one of the projects within BBMRI-NL. GoNL is a whole-genome-sequencing project in a representative sample consisting of 250 trio-families from all provinces in the Netherlands, which aims to characterize DNA sequence variation in the Dutch population. The parent-offspring trios include adult individuals ranging in age from 19 to 87 years (mean=53 years; SD=16 years) from birth cohorts 1910-1994. Sequencing was done on blood-derived DNA from uncultured cells and accomplished coverage was 14-15x. The family-based design represents a unique resource to assess the frequency of regional variants, accurately reconstruct haplotypes by family-based phasing, characterize short indels and complex structural variants, and establish the rate of de novo mutational events. GoNL will also serve as a reference panel for imputation in the available genome-wide association studies in Dutch and other cohorts to refine association signals and uncover population-specific variants. GoNL will create a catalog of human genetic variation in this sample that is uniquely characterized with respect to micro-geographic location and a wide range of phenotypes. The resource will be made available to the research and medical community to guide the interpretation of sequencing projects. The present paper summarizes the global characteristics of the project