A User's Guide to the International HapMap Project Web Site

A User's Guide to the International HapMap Project Web Site
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A User's Guide to the International HapMap Project Web Site
Gudmundur A. Thorisson1*, Albert V. Smith*, Lalitha Krishnan, and Lincoln D. Stein
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
To whom correspondence should be addressed. Email [email protected]
*These authors contributed equally to the work.
The HapMap website at http://www.hapmap.org is the primary portal to genotype data produced as
part of the International Haplotype Map Project (Gibbs et al. 2003). In phase I of the project, over 1.1
million SNPs were genotyped in 270 individuals from 4 worldwide populations (Consortium 2005). The
HapMap website provides researchers with a number of tools that allow them to analyze the data as well
as to download data for local analyses. This paper presents step-by-step guides to using those tools,
including guides for retrieving genotype and frequency data, picking tag-SNPs for use in association
studies, viewing haplotypes graphically, and examining marker-to-marker LD patterns.
The goal of the International HapMap Project
(International HapMap Consortium, 2005) is to map and
understand the patterns of common genetic diversity in the
human genome in order to accelerate the search for the
genetic causes of human disease. The first major milestone of
the project was the genotyping of 1.1 million SNPs across
four populations, a goal reached in the spring of 2005.
Another 4.6 million SNPs are being genotyped in the second
phase of the project, and are scheduled for completion in fall
The project data is available for unrestricted public at the
HapMap web site, located at http://www.hapmap.org. This
site offers bulk downloads of the data set, as well as interactive
data browsing and analysis tools that are not elsewhere
available. Since it was opened to the public in November
2003, the HapMap data set has been downloaded over
500,000 times by researchers in more than 100 countries.
The site currently serves more than 30,000 static page
requests per month, of which 14,000 are bulk download
requests, and more than 100,000 accesses/month to the
interactive HapMap browser.
This paper describes the website and the tools that have
been developed for viewing, retrieving and analyzing the
project data. We show readers how to perform several useful
and popular tasks, and give an overview of new tools under
development or planned for the future.
pointers to background information about genetic association
mapping, the ethical issues raised by the project, protocols
used within the project, and project administration. The
“Data” section provides bulk downloads of HapMap data
and analysis sets as well as interactive access to the HapMap
database. This paper will be concerned almost exclusively
with the Data section.
Using any modern web browser, go to www.hapmap.org.
The HapMap Web Site
The HapMap web site at www.hapmap.org is organized
into three main sections, accessible from the banner at the top
of the page. The home page gives an overview of the project
and lists project news. The “About the Project” section
describes the HapMap project in more detail and provides
Click the “Browse Project Data” link under the “Project
Data” section of the hapmap.org home page. This page
This will take you to a genome browser based on the
Recipe #1: Browse genotypes using the genome
Research into the genetic contributions to a human
disease is often centered around a small number of candidate
genes. In such a case the researcher will wish to know
whether there are any common single nucleotide
polymorphisms (SNPs) in the neighborhood of the candidate
gene(s), what those SNPs’ alleles are, and what are the relative
frequencies of the alleles in the population. The researcher
will also be particularly interested in coding SNPs (cSNPs),
SNPs whose alleles change the amino acid sequence of the
gene product and therefore may represent functional
The genome browser at the HapMap web site provides
access to small to medium sized-regions of the genome for
this type of interactive exploration. This basic recipe shows
how to start using the genome browser:
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GBrowse package (Stein et al. 2002) (Figure 1).
Depending on your computer language settings, this
page may appear in one of several languages. In this
guide, we assume English.
appearance in a manner appropriate to the scale of the
image. At low magnifications, genotyped SNPs appear as
equilateral triangles. The background color of the
triangle indicates its coding status: SNPs that introduce
non-synonymous amino acid changes are yellow, those
that fall in an exon but create a synonymous nucleotide
substitution are pink, and those that fall into a noncoding region are cyan. These colors can be customized
by selecting the “Highlight SNP Properties” item in the
“Reports and Analysis” menu.
Locate the “Landmark or Region” search box, and enter
a search term. Any of the following types of search term
will work:
A chromosome name (e.g. “Chr10”)
A chromosomal position, in the format
Chromosome:start..stop (e.g. “Chr9:25000..300000”)
The name of a SNP using its dbSNP “rs” name (e.g.
A gene using its NCBI Refseq accession number (e.g.
A gene using its common name (e.g. “BRCA2”)
A chromosomal band (e.g. “10q23.1”)
After entering one of these landmarks, press the “Search”
button (or hit Enter).
This will return a page showing the region surrounding
the requested feature (Figure 2). If multiple features
match, then the page will show you a graphical summary
of all possible features and prompt you to choose one. At
the top of the returned page is an “Overview” section
that shows the cytogenetic map of the
selected chromosome. A red box
indicates the section of the chromosome
in view. Beneath this is a “Detail”
section that has horizontal tracks
showing various types of data. The two
most useful tracks are the “Genotyped
SNPs” track that provides information
on the position, alleles, and allele
frequencies of each SNP characterized
by the HapMap project, and the RefSeq
mRNAs track, which shows the
positions and structures of human
protein-coding genes.
At higher magnifications, the genotyped SNPs change to
display the alleles associated with the SNP. The allele
shown in blue is the allele present in the reference
genomic sequence at that location, and the red allele is
the other allele present in the SNP.
10. When zoomed in still further, the genotyped SNPs track
changes to show pie charts representing the allele
frequency for each genotyped population. The blue
wedge of the piechart indicates the frequency of the allele
that appears in the reference genome sequence. The red
wedge is the frequency of the alternative allele.
11. Click on the glyph for an individual SNP to see a textbased page with detailed genotype and allele counts, and
assay information
The piechart display that appears in step (9) provides the
researcher with the ability to easily distinguish SNPs that are
Use the controls at the top of the page to
scroll left, right or to change the
magnification of the region. You may
also click anywhere on the Overview or
the scale at the top of the Detail section
in order to center the view on this Figure 1. Start page for the HapMap Genome Browser
This image shows the HapMap Genome Browser before a region has been loaded. Use
the “Data Source” menu to select whether to search the current release (the default), or
The genotyped SNP track changes its or other identifier into the “Landmark or Region” textbox to access the region of interest.
previous releases. Type a chromosome name, genomic region, gene name, SNP name,
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highly polymorphic in all four of the HapMap populations,
and therefore more likely to be polymoprhic in other
populations as well. Alternatively, the researcher can identify
SNPs that are more polymorphic in a single population and
are therefore, suitable as markers in population-specific
genetic screens.
The detailed view that is obtained when the researcher
clicks on a genotyped SNP (step 10) provides the researcher
with the information needed to generate an assay for the
SNP, including the left and right flanking sequences needed
to create PCR primers. A hypertext link to dbSNP (Wheeler
et al. 2005) provides more information about how the SNP
was first discovered and any other population genetic
information that may exist for it outside the HapMap project,
while a link to Ensembl (Birney et al. 2004) leads the
researcher to a site where the structural impact of the SNP on
coding sequence, splice sites, and other features of nearby
genes can be examined.
Recipe #2: Generate a text listing of genotypes
using the genome browser
After a researcher has browsed a region graphically and
has centered his view on a candidate gene and the region
surrounding it, he may want to generate a space-delimited
text dump of the genotyping results across this region.dump
in the region. This data can then be imported into an Excel
spreadsheet or other data analysis tools.
Starting at step 6 from recipe #1, navigate to the region
of interest.
Locate the “Reports and Analysis” menu (above the
Detail panel) and select the menu item “Dump SNP
genotype data.” Next click the “Configure” button. This
will open a configuration page that allows you to select
the desired HapMap population, and whether to save the
data to disk or view it in the web browser.
3. Choose the desired options,
and click the “Go” button to
retrieve the data and produce a
report. The format is the same as
the bulk-download files (see
configuration settings are stored in
a browser cookie, so next time
you can click the 'Go' button on
the main page and dump data
directly, without having to
configure the dumper first.
The text-dump format consists
of a set of rows containing each
SNPs dbSNP ID, the two
reference and alternative allele,
the position of the SNP on the
genome, and the genotypes of the
SNP on each of the individuals in
the selected HapMap population.
Because this format is identical to
downloadable files, it can be easily
loaded into the HaploView
program (Barrett et al. 2005) for
researcher’s local computer.
Figure 2. HapMap Genome Browser displaying BRCA2 region
After typing “BRCA2” into the search box, the genome browser will display information about the region
of the genome surrounding this gene. The “Overview” panel provides a birds-eye display of the whole
chromosome with the region of interest indicated by a vertical red line. The “Details” panel shows the
selected region. Multiple horizontal tracks provide information about genes, SNPs, and genotypes in
the region.
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Recipe #3: Generate a text listing of genotype
frequencies using the genome browser
In a similar fashion, the researcher may wish to download
a summary of the frequencies of alleles across a region of
interest. The researcher can then select from this set those
SNPs that meet certain criteria, for instance those that are
most highly polymorphic in a particular population of
interest. This recipe describes how to create a tab-delimited
summary of HapMap allele frequency data across a particular
genomic region.
Starting at step 6 from recipe #1, navigate to the region
of interest.
Locate the “Reports and Analysis” menu (above the
Detail panel) and select the menu item “Dump SNP
frequency data.” Next click the “Configure…” button.
This will open a configuration page that allows you to
select the desired HapMap population, and whether to
save the data to disk or view it in the web browser.
Click the “Go” button to retrieve the data and produce a
report. The format is the same as the bulk-download files
(see below). The dumper configuration settings are stored
in a browser cookie, so next time you can click the ‘Go’
button on the main page and dump data directly,
without having to configure the dumper first.
The report generated by this recipe contains one row for
each SNP consisting of each SNP’s dbSNP ID, its genomic
position, the number of times each possible genotype was
seen in the selected population, and the heterozygosity of the
population for that SNP.
Recipe #4: View the extent of linkage disequilibrium
in a region using the genome browser
When a researcher designs a study to detect the
association between a common allelic variation of a gene and
a disease of interest, knowledge of the extent of linkage
disequilibrium (LD) in the region is essential for reducing the
number of SNPs that need to be genotyped across the region.
If there is high linkage disequilibrium in the region, then only
a few SNPs need to be genotyped because their linkage to
other SNPs in the region will serve as proxies for the
genotypes of non-characterized SNPs. In contrast, a region of
low linkage disequilibrium will need to be sampled more
Figure 3. The configuration screen for the LD Plot
Use the LD Plot viewer configuration screen to select the size of the
region to display LD values over, how many genotyped SNPs to
display, what measure of LD to use (r^2, D’ or LOD) and which
populations to display. The “Box Size” configuration option allows you
to select whether the plot will show the distances between SNPs
proportionate to their genomic position, or to display the SNPs in the
region as if there were a constant distance between them.
heavily because the allelic state of a genotyped SNP will be a
poor predictor of the state of non-genotyped SNPs. The
determination of patterns of LD in the four populations
characterized by the HapMap project is, in fact, one of the
major goals of this project.
The International HapMap Project has precalculated
patterns of LD among the genotyped SNPs. The data can be
downloaded in bulk from the HapMap web site or browsed
interactively using the HapMap genome browser. The latter
method allows researchers to see patterns of LD in context
with the distribution of genes of interest.
To view available LD data precalculated from HapMap
genotypes, first browse to a region of interest (see Recipe
After browsing to a region of interest, select the
“Annotate LD plot” plugin from the “Reports and
Analysis” menu and click the “Configure” button to
bring up a configuration page that will allow you to
adjust the display properties to your liking. Key
parameters on this page are the HapMap populations to
display, which measure of LD to use (choice of D', r2 or
LOD), whether the triangle plot should be oriented with
the vertex pointing upward or downward, color scheme
and whether the box size in the plot should be
proportional to genomic distance between markers or of
uniform size (see Figure 3).
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After configuring the parameters as desired, click on the
'Configure' button to return to the main display. The
display will now show one triangle plot for each
population selected (see Figure 4). The triangle plot is
constructed by connecting every pair of SNPs along lines
at 45 degrees to the horizontal track line. The color of
the diamond at the position that two SNPs intersect
indicates the amount of LD: more intense colors indicate
higher LD. A grey diamond indicates that data is
missing. Figure 4 shows a typical region of LD which
demonstrates “patches” of high LD separated by
relatively well-defined boundaries of low LD.
In regions with many genotyped SNPs, the LD plugin
adds significantly to the time it takes for the web page to
load. You may turn off the LD display at any time to
deselecting the appropriate checkbox in the “Tracks”
section of the browser. The LD plugin settings are stored
in a browser cookie, so there is no need to visit the
configuration page each time the plugin is turned on.
The traditional D’ and r2 metrics reflect the degree of
pairwise LD between two SNPs, but differ in their sensitivity
and specificity across different size scales. See (Mueller 2004)
for a discussion of the practical application of these
measurements. The LOD metric used by this HapMap web
site display is described in (Daly et al. 2001).
Recipe #5: Generate a text listing of linkage
disequilibrium values using the genome browser
After selecting a region of interest and visually inspecting
the extent of LD across the gene or genes of interest, the
researcher may wish to download a tab-delimited numeric
summary of the LD values in the selected region. This
information can be used to select a set of “tag” SNPs that will
act as proxies for other SNPs that are in high LD with them.
1. Starting at step 6 from recipe #1, navigate to the region
of interest.
Locate the “Reports and Analysis” menu (above the
Detail panel) and select the menu item “Dump HapMap
LD Data”. Next click the “Configure…” button. This
will open a configuration page that allows you to select
which HapMap population to dump data for and
whether to save the data to disk or view it in the web
3. Click the “Go” button to
retrieve the data and produce a
report. The format is the same as
the bulk-download files (see below).
The dumper configuration settings
are stored in a browser cookie, so
the next time you wish to perform
this operation you can simply click
the ‘Go’ button on the main page
and dump the data directly,
without having to go through the
configuration step.
The report generated by this
recipe will show pairwise LD
between all SNPs within 500 kb of
each other (this window may be
reduced in size in future releases of
the database). Each row of the
report corresponds to one pair of
SNPs. The first two columns
indicate the positions of the SNPs
on the chromosome, the third
column is the population for which
the LD values were calculated, and
Figure 4. LD viewer displayed on the Genome Browser.
This image shows 200 kbp on chr5 for the CEU samples, positions 88,070,197 to 88,270,196. The the fourth and fifth columns
strength of the the linkage disequilibrium is shown in increasing shades of red for higher LD values. indicate the dbSNP IDs for the
This particular option is the “LOD” plot option.
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SNP pair. These are followed by the D’, r2 and LOD scores
for LD between the two SNPs.
Recipe #6: Pick tag-SNPs using the Genome
Tag SNPs are a reduced set of SNPs that capture much of
the LD in regions; they can be used in association studies to
reduce the number of SNPs needed to detect LD-based
association between a trait of interest and a region of the
genome. For small regions it is possible to select tag SNPs by
hand using the graphical and numeric displays of LD
generated by the previous two recipes, but for best results it is
recommended that the researcher use an algorithm that
chooses tag SNPs by formally maximizing the number of
linked SNPs captured by the tag set.
There is no single set of tag-SNPs that will satisfy the
diverse requirements of every association study design.
Researchers may wish to select SNPs that work well with a
particular genotyping system (for example, those that have
been included on a particular “SNP chip”) and may be
willing to accept different tradeoffs between the cost of
genotyping a study population and the strength of the
association they can detect. For this reason, the HapMap web
site does not offer a static set of preselected tag-SNPs, but
instead offers researchers a tool for interactively selecting tagSNPs based on user-provided criteria.
There is no single set of tag-SNPs that will satisfy the
diverse requirements of every association study design.
Instead of offering a static set of tag-SNPs, the HapMap web
site offers a tool for To find tag-SNPs in a region first browse
to the region (see Recipe #1).
Starting at step 6 from recipe #1, navigate to the region
of interest.
Select the "Annotate tag SNP Picker" option under the
"Reports and Analysis " menu.
Press "Configure" to select the desired options for tag
SNP selection (see figure 5). Options include selecting a
population and an algorithm, uploading a list of SNP IDs
to be included in the set of tag-SNPs, uploading a list of
SNP IDs to be excluded from the set of tag-SNPs,
uploading a list of design scores (priorities) for each SNP,
and selecting cutoffs for minimum acceptable LD value
and allele frequency for SNPs to be included in the set.
After setting the desired options, click the 'Configure'
button to run the analysis and return to the main display.
Results are shown on a new feature track (see Figure 6,
under the track labeled “tSNPs_Tagger_CEU”). As with
the LD display above, settings are stored in a browser
Figure 5. Options screen for the tag SNP Picker
The tag SNP Picker configuration page allows you to select which
population to pick SNPs on, what algorithm to use for the selection,
and which SNPs to include or exclude from the resulting tag SNP set.
Additional options allow you to fine-tune the tag selection algorithms.
The fine-tuning options that are displayed change according to the
algorithm selected.
cookie and the plugin track can be turned off when it is
not needed.
The tag-SNP lists are generated from algorithms in the
Tagger program (de Bakker 2005). In the near future we will
enhance the tag-picking service in the future by adding
additional tag-SNP selection algorithms, and we welcome
inquiries from the authors of such algorithm.
Recipe #7: Generate a text listing of tag-SNPs using
the genome browser
Using the interactive tag-SNP selection track described in
the previous recipe, the researcher can adjust selection
criterion until he is satisified with the characteristics of the tag
set. This recipe describes how to generate a text dump of the
SNPs in this set so that they can be used to create a screening
set when combined with information from other HapMapgenerated reports.
1. First browse to a region of interest (see Recipe #1).
Locate the “Results and Analysis” menu (above the
Detail panel) and select the menu item “Dump tag SNP
Data”. Press "Configure" to set up the interactive options
for tag SNP selection as described in Recipe #6. Options
include selecting a population and an algorithm,
uploading a list of SNPs to necessarily be included as a
tag-SNP, uploading a list of SNPs to be excluded from
the tag-SNP list, and setting cut-offs for LD and allele
frequency values.
Click the “Go” button to retrieve the data and produce a
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The generated report contains a tab-delimited list of tag
SNP names, chromosome, position, and allele frequency in
the region. This is followed by a section that lists the tagSNPs, the non tag-SNPs that they capture, and the strength
of LD between each tag-SNP and the non tag-SNPs it
Recipe #8: View phased haplotypes on the genome
A researcher may wish to correlate the tag-SNP set
selected by the tag-SNP picker algorithm with the underlying
haplotype structure of the region. One way to do this is to
turn both the tag-SNP and pairwise LD tracks on
simultaneously, as described in recipes 4 and 6. An
alternative, however, is to activate a track that displays the
phased haplotypes themselves.
The phased haplotype data described in this recipe was
generated by the International HapMap Project Consortium
using the program PHASE version 2.0 (Stephens and
Donnelly 2003). During phasing, each allele in a genotype is
assigned to one or the other parental chromosome, using a
maximum likelihood algorithm that uses trio (lineage)
information in the HapMap population groups, or, if trio
information is not available, by fitting the data to a model
that minimizes the number of implied historical crossovers in
the population.
The phased haplotypes are displayed as a graphic in
which each chromosome of the individuals sampled by the
project is represented as a line one pixel high and each SNP
allele is arbitrarily colored blue or yellow. A region of high
LD will appear as a region in which there are long runs of
SNPs whose alleles are the same color, indicating that there is
little recombination among them. A region of low LD will
appear as an area where the runs are shorter and more
Browse to a region of interest (see Recipe #1).
Locate the “Results and Analysis” menu (above the
Detail panel) and select the menu item “Annotate Phased
Haplotype Display”. Press “Configure” to set options for
Haplotype display. The options give you the ability to
select the population for which to display haplotype
After selecting the desired population(s), click the
'Configure' button to return to the main display. A new
feature track will appear for each population selected.
Each track shows the haplotypes for that population
using the two color scheme described earlier (Figure 6,
track “haplo_CEU”). The order of chromosomes is
determined by a fast hierarchical clustering methodology,
which places chromosomes that share similar haplotypes
To retrieve the detailed phased genotypes, click on the
track of the desired population. This will take you to a
page that provides the haplotype information in tabular
Figure 6 Graphical display of tag SNPs and phased haplotypes.
The phased haplotype track represents each phased chromosome in the selected population as a one-pixel high horizontal line.
The alleles are represented using a simple two-color scheme, and the chromosomes are sorted in order to maximize the lengths
of shared alleles
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form. Each row of the table is an individual
chromosome, and each column is an individual SNP.
The background of each table entry is set to a color
corresponding to what is seen in the graphical track.
The advantage of this display over the pairwise LD
“triangle display” described earlier is that it is more compact
and therefore better suited for the display of large regions.
This makes it easy to correlate the position of long common
haplotypes with SNPs chosen by the tag-SNP picker. The
disadvantage of this display is that it conceals much of the
fine-structure of LD in the region, in particular strong linkage
among SNPs that are not adjacent to one another.
Recipe #9: Manipulate HapMap data using
Advanced users who wish to exercise finer control over
the display of regions of high LD, or who wish to experiment
with new algorithms for tag-SNP picking, may wish to
analyze HapMap data using the Haploview program (Barrett
et al. 2005). This program works well in combination with the
HapMap genome browser.
1. To
http://www.broad.mit.edu/mpg/haploview/ and follow
the download link.
Haploview requires that the Java Runtime Environment
(JRE) is installed on the local computer. If the JRE is
not installed, the
version can be found at
Download the Haploview
program appropriate for your
installer file. Double clicking
the installer file will create a
Haploview folder on the Start
Menu. For MacOS X and
HaploView.jar file.
Download genotypes from a
region of interest using recipe
To start Haploview, open the
computers, open
Haploview folder on the Start
Menu. On other operating systems, double click on the
Haploview.jar file.
To load genotypes click on the Load HapMap Data
button, which appears in the Haploview welcome
window. Browse to the downloaded file containing
genotypes, and open the file.
Once the data is loaded, Haploview provides you with
options to view a high-resolution “triangle plot” of LD
across the region, view shared haplotypes and their
recombination frequencies, and select tag-SNP sets by a
number of methods. You may select among these
analyses and visualizations by choosing the
appropriately-labeled tab along the top of the Haploview
window (see Figure 7).
The “Display” and “Analysis” menus allows you to
change the size and coloring scheme of the LD triangle
plot, as well as to select among a variety of algorithms for
defining “haplotype blocks,” regions of SNPs that are in
high mutual LD.
A big advantage of Haploview over the HapMap web site
genome browser is that it displays simultaneous high and lowpower views of regions of LD, and gives immediate feedback
during scrolling and zooming operations. Its current
disadvantage is that it does not display gene structures or
other genomic features, although this feature is planned as a
future enhancement.
Figure 7 Haploview LD ‘triangle plot’.
This image shows a high-resolution LD ‘triangle plot’ of two regions with high levels of linkage
disequilibrium. The color scheme is similar to that used in the LD viewer in the genome browser
(see Figures 3 and 4).
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individually or in combination). You can apply filters in
any order and revise existing filters by using the “next”
and “back” buttons. As you apply filters, the number of
SNPs selected are shown in the summary panel on the
right. Available filters include:
Recipe #10: Retrieve HapMap data using HapMart
Because of performance considerations, interactive access
to HapMap data via the genome browser is limited to regions
no more than 5 Mb wide. Researchers who wish to obtain
data for chromosome- or genome-wide data have two
choices: bulk download or HapMart access. The former
(described in recipe 10) provides text dumps of the entire
HapMap data set, and while complete, does not provide any
filtering or selection services. HapMart, described in this
section, allows researchers to select SNPs using diverse
criteria and to display just those aspects of the data set that
they are interested in.
1. Open
http://www.hapmap.org/BioMart/martview and click
the 'next' button to start a new query using the default
database and dataset.
On the filter page (see Figure 8), select SNPs to be
retrieved on the basis of numerous criteria (either
Lists of SNPs to be included or excluded.
The mininum minor allele frequency of the selected
Limit SNPs to those in Intronic Regions,
mRNA/UTR regions, coding non-synonymous
SNPs, or coding synonymous SNPs.
Limit SNPs to a specific genomic region.
Limit SNPs to those which overlap specific gene
After selecting and refining the appropriate filters, click
the ‘next’ button to go to the output
selection page. This page allows you
to select the fields you wish to be
output in the report. There are
many output options, organized as in
a series of tabs along the top of the
screen. To retrieve genotypes, for
example select the “Genotypes” tab
at the top of the page. Then select
the “genotypes” checkbox. Other
genotype frequencies and allele
5. (optional) If the number of SNPs
to be retrieved is large, you may wish
to select “gzip file compression.”
This will compress the report prior
to sending it to your browser, and
may reduce the time it takes to
download the report.
6. To retrieve the results, select the
“Export” button.
The reports generated by
HapMart are in a tab-delimited text
format suitable for importation into
Excel or for loading into a relational
database. The engine underlying
HapMart is a generic data-mining
Figure 8 Filter selection page for the HapMart report generator.
The HapMart report generator allows you to filter the HapMap data set by genomic region or framework named BioMart (Gilbert
various characteristics of the SNPs and derived genotypes. After adjusting the filters you will be et al. 2003).
asked to select which fields to include in a tab-delimited report.
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Recipe #11: Retrieve data via bulk download
Finally, users can obtain the entire unfiltered HapMap
data set by batch download. This recipe describes what
downloads are available.
To access bulk data, browse to the download page
descriptions can be found for each category of available
To download genotypes, click the 'Genotypes' link to go
to the genotypes download directory. The 'latest/'
subdirectory always points to the current data freeze.
The download repository can also be accessed via
anonymous FTP at ftp://www.hapmap.org. The two
main categories of data are on one hand the full, wholechromosome dumps found in the 'full/' subdirectory, and
on the other hand specialized data dumps such as that
found in 'ENCODE/' (data from the 10 ENCODE
regions in which all available SNPs are genotyped).
chromosome/region and population, and come in three
varieties, each within its own subdirectory:
a. non-redundant/ Cleaned These datasets contain only
one set of genotypes per SNP/population. All
genotype sets have passed quality control checks,
and multiple submissions of the same SNP (which
occur because of QA exercises, corrected
submissions, and planned redundancy in the project)
have been removed. This is the dataset most users
will want.
b. redundant-filtered/ All These datasets have passed
quality control checks, but redundant data has not
been removed.
c. redundant-unfiltered/ All This dataset contains all SNPs
genotyped by the project irrespective of quality
control checks. This constutes the 'raw' data for users
who want to look at potentially biologically
interesting data that are normally filtered out by
project quality control checks.
To download LD values, click the “LD Data” link to go
to the LD data download directory. The ‘latest/’
directory again points to the most recent datafreeze
available. LD values are represented as D’, LOD and r2
To download phased genotypes, click the ‘Phased Data’
link . This will take you to a directory containing data
files representing the output of the PHASE program.
A number of public online resources have been developed
as portals to high-volume genome-wide datasets. The UCSC
Genome Browser (Kent et al. 2002) and the EnsEMBL project
(Birney et al. 2004) have developed multispecies genome
browsers that display genomic annotations graphically and
offer retrieval of the underlying data. dbSNP (Wheeler et al.
2004) is a repository for information on single nucleotide
polymorphisms, but does not yet contain extensive
information on the relationships among those SNPs.
http://www.hapmap.org, has a distinct focus. It aims to be a
resource in the display, retrieval and analysis of highthroughput, high-quality, genome-wide human genetic data,
with an emphasis on the support of tools for facilitating
disease association studies. Although the resource is still in
development, it currently provides the basic tools for
visualizing patterns of common polymorphism among the
populations surveyed by the HapMap project, selecting tagSNP sets based on a variety of criteria, and generating
customized extracts of the data set.
In the future, the HapMap web site will evolve to provide
more services to those designing and interpreting genetic
association studies. In the near future, we will integrate the
HapMap genome browser more tightly with other genome
browsers, for example by sharing tracks with the UCSC
Genome Browser and Ensembl projects. This will provide
researchers with the ability to see HapMap data in the
context of many other genomic features, particularly those
relating to evolutionary conservation. Over a somewhat
longer term, we will provide tools that will allow researchers
to upload genetic association data (in a secure and
anonymous manner) and view association data on top of the
LD map, genes, and other genomic features. This feature will
be integrated with databases provided information on
biological pathways, protein-protein interactions, and known
disease genes, allowing researchers to correlate their
association data with what is known about the biological
processes involving the genes in the region.
We will add to the tag-SNP picker a suite of tools to help
researchers create SNP sets tuned for genome-wide
association studies, for association studies directed at a
particular region or regions, and for different types of study
design. We also hope to provide increasingly sophisticated
visualization services that assist in interpreting the results of
association studies and comparing the results of one
association study to another.
Finally, because the BioMart system allows queries to
span multiple databases, we will make it possible to perform
simultaneous queries across HapMart and the EnsMart
genome annotation database at Ensembl. This will allow
researchers to make queries that combine both Ensembl
information (e.g. “find all genes that contain a zinc-finger
domain and a strong homologue in mouse”) with HapMap
Thorisson et al.
queries (“find all tag-SNPs for this list of zinc-finger genes”).
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constructive comments during the preparation of this work.
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