Genomic privacy and limits of individual detection in a pool

Sriram Sankararaman, Guillaume Obozinski, Michael I. Jordan, Eran Halperin*

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Recent studies have demonstrated that statistical methods can be used to detect the presence of a single individual within a study group based on summary data reported from genome-wide association studies (GWAS). We present an analytical and empirical study of the statistical power of such methods. We thereby aim to provide quantitative guidelines for researchers wishing to make a limited number of SNPs available publicly without compromising subjects' privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-967
Number of pages3
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


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