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In the UK10K project we propose a series of complementary genetic approaches to find new low frequency/rare variants contributing to disease phenotypes. These will be based on obtaining the genome wide sequence of 4000 samples from the TwinsUK and ALSPAC cohorts (at 6x sequence coverage), and the exome sequence (protein coding regions and related conserved sequence) of 6000 samples selected for extreme phenotypes. Our studies will focus primarily on cardiovascular-related quantitative traits, obesity and related metabolic traits, neurodevelopmental disorders and a limited number of extreme clinical phenotypes that will provide proof-of-concept for future familial trait sequencing. We will analyse directly quantitative traits in the cohorts and the selected traits in the extreme samples, and also use imputation down to 0.1% allele frequency to extend the analyses to further sample sets with genome wide genotype data. In each case we will investigate indels and larger structural variants as well as SNPs, and use statistical methods that combine rare variants in a locus or pathway as well as single-variant approaches.The IMGSAC cohort is an international collection of families containing children ascertained for ASDs (autism spectrum disorders). The affected individuals are have been phenotyped, including using the ADI-R and ADOS instruments. Individuals with a past or current medical disorder of probable etiological significance or TSC have been excluded. Where possible, karyotyping has been performed on one affected individual per family to exclude Fragile X syndrome. Many of the samples have been genotyped, using the Affymetrix 10k and Illumina 1M platforms. All samples to be included in the current study are of UK origin.For further information on this cohort please contact Jeremy Parr (

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
EGAD00001000239 Illumina HiSeq 2000 114
EGAD00001000320 Illumina HiSeq 2000 111
EGAD00001000441 Illumina HiSeq 2000 113
Publications Citations
The UK10K project identifies rare variants in health and disease.
Nature 526: 2015 82-90
scoreInvHap: Inversion genotyping for genome-wide association studies.
PLoS Genet 15: 2019 e1008203