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Genome Wide Association


Human SNP Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) can be accomplished using a variety of arrays appropriate for a wide breadth of study design needs.


All GWAS arrays listed below support the addition of the Exome array or exonic content and/or the addition of custom SNPs. There is a minimum experimental sample number of 1,104 for the addition of custom content.


Released data includes raw data files (.idat or .cel files), genotypes, quality scores, intensity values, SNP and sample summary tables including quality flags and comments, and SNP cluster definition files.

Plate map design, GWAS data cleaning and dbGaP posting, imputation of GWAS datasets to 1000 Genomes, and detection of chromosomal anomalies are services offered at NO ADDITIONAL COST to study investigators with GWAS projects supported by the NIH CIDR Program. Investigators working with CIDR through the SNP Center may also utilize these services through a fee-for-service mechanism.

Under the NIH CIDR Program, a single application can be submitted for both the initial GWAS study as well as replication using our custom SNP service. Investigators are required to have all samples collected and all subjects phenotyped before applying.

Array *


per Array


Affymetrix UK BioBank Array



Option to add custom content from the Axiom Cloud Database or other custom content Content Information

Illumina HumanOmni5



Option to add up to 500,00 custom SNPs to the array. Coverage Information

Illumina HumanOmni2.5



Coverage of SNPs down to MAF 2.5% based on 1000 Genomes Project pilot data in all 3 populations. Coverage Information

Illumina Multi-Ethnic Global Array



Multi_Ethnic genotyping array enabling genetic associations with common and rare traits. Tag SNPs maximize imputation accuracy. Content Information

Illumina Multi-Ethnic EUR/EAS/SAS



Multi_Ethnic EUR/EAS/SAS genotyping array provides a multi-purpose, multi-ethnic genotyping array focused on European, East Asian and South Asian populations. Content Information

Illumina Multi-Ethnic AMR/AFR



Multi_Ethnic AMR/AFR genotyping array provides a multi-purpose genotyping array focused on Hispanic and African American populations.Content Information

Illumina HumanOmniExpress



Coverage of common SNPs in Caucasian and Asian populations. 60% overlap in rs numbers with previous Illumina arrays. FFPE samples are supported on this array. Coverage Information

Illumina Global Screening Array*



The Global Screening Array combines a highly optimized, genome-wide backbone and hand curated clinical research variants. Content Information

Illumina HumanCore



Includes an informative base of tag SNPs and is appropriate for common variant. mtDNA ancestry, sex confirmation, loss-of-function, variant, indel and CNV studies. Coverage Information



*minimum 276 samples

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See our Services page for a full description of what is included for all study types



See our Sample Requirements page for detailed specifications for each product