If for some strange reason you logged onto the website after about 5:45pm last Wednesday, you will have noticed that I posted the last two sets of lecture notes – on genome-wide association mapping and on genomic prediction. I didn’t say this in the notes, but what I’m presenting is a very high level overview. People who know GWAS and genomic prediction could easily teach an entire course on them. We’ll just cover enough in this course so that you have a sense of how to read and interpret papers that use GWAS or genomic prediction and a sense of the things you have to be careful about in interpreting and applying the results.
The final set of notes on molecular population genetics has been uploaded. You’ll find a link on the lecture detail page for Tuesday, Population genomics. You’ll also find a link to the first set of notes on quantitative genetics on the lecture detail page for Thursday. As noted there, understanding some key ideas in quantitative genetics involves a lot of math. I’ll do my best to continually remind you where we’re going and why what we’re doing matters, but please remember to ask me “WGAD? – Who gives a damn?” whenever you’re feeling lost. If you’re too confused even to ask a question to clarify, just ask “WGAD?” and I’ll do my best to back up and explain things another way. If I can demonstrate why you should GAD, the light bulb that shows how things connect might suddenly go off.