The statistics of bulk segregant analysis using next generation sequencing.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We describe a statistical framework for QTL mapping using bulk segregant analysis (BSA) based on high throughput, short-read sequencing. Our proposed approach is based on a smoothed version of the standard G statistic, and takes into account variation in allele frequency estimates due to sampling of segregants to form bulks as well as variation introduced during the sequencing of bulks. Using simulation, we explore the impact of key experimental variables such as bulk size and sequencing coverage on the ability to detect QTLs. Counterintuitively, we find that relatively large bulks maximize the power to detect QTLs even though this implies weaker selection and less extreme allele frequency differences. Our simulation studies suggest that with large bulks and sufficient sequencing depth, the methods we propose can be used to detect even weak effect QTLs and we demonstrate the utility of this framework by application to a BSA experiment in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Magwene, PM; Willis, JH; Kelly, JK

Published Date

  • November 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 11

Start / End Page

  • e1002255 -

PubMed ID

  • 22072954

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3207950

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1553-7358

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002255


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States