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Data from: Keeping pace with the Red Queen: identifying the genetic basis of susceptibility to infectious disease

Citation

MacPherson, Ailene; Otto, Sarah P.; Nuismer, Scott L. (2018), Data from: Keeping pace with the Red Queen: identifying the genetic basis of susceptibility to infectious disease, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.tb25q

Abstract

Genome-wide association studies are widely used to identify "disease genes" conferring resistance/susceptibility to infectious diseases. Using a combination of mathematical models and simulations we demonstrate that genetic interactions between hosts and parasites (GxG interactions) can drastically affect the results of these association scans and hamper our ability to detect genetic variation in susceptibility. When hosts and parasites coevolve, these GxG interactions often make Genome-wide association studies unrepeatable over time or across host populations. Reanalyzing previously published data on Daphnia magna susceptibility to infection by Pastueria ramosa, we identify genomic regions consistent with GxG interactions. We conclude by outlining possible avenues for designing more powerful and more repeatable association studies.

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