Misspecification in mixed-model-based association analysis

Willem Kruijer*

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Additive genetic variance in natural populations is commonly estimated using mixed models, in which the covariance of the genetic effects is modeled by a genetic similarity matrix derived from a dense set of markers. An important but usually implicit assumption is that the presence of any nonadditive genetic effect increases only the residual variance and does not affect estimates of additive genetic variance. Here we show that this is true only for panels of unrelated individuals. In the case that there is genetic relatedness, the combination of population structure and epistatic interactions can lead to inflated estimates of additive genetic variance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-366
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Epistasis
  • Missing heritability
  • Misspecification
  • Nonadditive genetic variance

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