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GWAS dbGaP Studies

Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) are intended to identify common genetic factors that influence health and disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define a Genome-Wide Association Study as any study of genetic variation across the entire human genome that is designed to identify genetic associations with observable traits (such as blood pressure or weight), or the presence or absence of a disease or condition.

dbGaP (Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes) was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (a division of the National Library of Medicine of the NIH) to archive and distribute the results of studies that have investigated the interaction of genotype and phenotype. dbGaP will serve as the NIH GWAS data repository.