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Description - Forward-Time Population Genetics Simulations by Bo Peng

The only book available in the area of forward-time population genetics simulations applicable to both biomedical and evolutionary studies The rapid increase of the power of personal computers has led to the use of serious forward-time simulation programs in genetic studies. Forward-Time Population Genetics Simulations presents both new and commonly used methods, and introduces simuPOP, a powerful and flexible new program that can be used to simulate arbitrary evolutionary processes with unique features like customized chromosome types, arbitrary nonrandom mating schemes, virtual subpopulations, information fields, and Python operators. The book begins with an overview of important concepts and models, then goes on to show how simuPOP can simulate a number of standard population genetics models with the goal of demonstrating the impact of genetic factors such as mutation, selection, and recombination on standard Wright-Fisher models. The rest of the book is devoted to applications of forward-time simulations in various research topics. Forward-Time Population Genetics Simulations includes: An overview of currently available forward-time simulation methods, their advantages, and shortcomings An overview and evaluation of currently available software A simuPOP tutorial Applications in population genetics Applications in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, and mapping complex human diseases The only book of its kind in the field today, Forward-Time Population Genetics Simulations will appeal to researchers and students of population and statistical genetics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780470503485
ISBN-10: 0470503483
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 161mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bo Peng

Bo Peng, PHD, is an assistant professor in the Department ofGenetics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Withhis degrees in applied mathematics and biostatistics, he isapplying advanced computational techniques such as parallelcomputation and large-scale simulations to research topics inpopulation genetics, genetic epidemiology, and bioinformatics. Marek Kimmel, PHD, is Director of the Doctoral Program inBioinformatics and Statistical Genetics and head of theBioinformatics Group at Rice University. He holds jointappointments as Professor of Statistics at Rice University,Professor of Biostatistics and Applied Mathematics at MD AndersonCancer Center, and Professor of Biometry at The University of TexasSchool of Public Health. Christopher I. Amos, PHD, is a professor in theDepartment of Genetics at The University of Texas MD AndersonCancer Center. He also holds adjunct appointments at RiceUniversity and in the Department of Epidemiology at The Universityof Texas School of Public Health.