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Human Genome News, January 1994; 5(5)

Faster Linkage Analysis

The LINKAGE software package, which uses statistical analysis of pedigree data for locating genes, has been modified by Robert Cottingham (Baylor College of Medicine), Rama Idury (University of Southern California), and Alejandro Schaffer (Rice University) to speed up long linkage-analysis computations by roughly 10 times. Improvements were made in the combinatorial part of the code only. A paper describing the modifications appeared in the American Journal of Human Genetics [53(1) (July 1993)]. A Post-Script version of this paper and the improved code can be retrieved via ftp from a computer at BCM as decribed below (a PostScript printer is needed).

Information on compiling modified versions of the LINKAGE 5.1 general pedigree programs, which are written in C, is given in the README file (get Readme). Release of a future version with more improvements is expected. Monitor the bionet.molbio.gene-linkage newsgroup for updates.

FTP Instructions
(Italics indicate what to type)

  • ftp
  • user
  • foreign username: anonymous
  • password: userid@mailaddress
  • cd linkage
  • cd fastlink.51
  • get
  • transfer complete.
  • exit

For help, contact Cottingham at


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