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Here we want to re-create the pedigree we used for a tutorial several years ago. This time we will focus on the newly available features in PED:

pedigree created in this tutorial

As soon as you launch PED, you are in Input mode. The "consultands" are drawn, and the male member is selected; i.e., its symbol is reversed.

After you launched PED

Now we add two sons and two daughters: Press the Son button twice, then the Daughter button twice:

4 children added

To add some text decoration like name, dna number and markers, right click at the (top) male symbol. A dialog opens:

Text and haplotypes dialog

We can enter the strings to the input fields, but was it the first name that should go in the first field labelled Text 1, and the family name in Text 2, or vice versa ?. We can edit the field labes: Close the dialog (press Cancel). From the Window menu, choose Edit Input Labels, and overwrite the default labels.

edit labels

If you plan to re-use these labels with other pedigrees, you may want to save them (Save as) as a TXT file, and re-open by pressing the Open button

To close the dialog, press OK

Right click on the top male symbol again. In the dialog the labels have changed. Enter the values. Before you press OK be sure to select Yes (both) in the frame both columns ?.

text and haplotypes dialog with edited labels

Why should you choose both columns when you obviously need only one for a hemizygote ?

It does not matter if you export your pedigree as a PIP file, or paste it to the Edit pane (Ctrl+W) to save it as a lay-out (PED) file. But later we plan to import our pedigree data in a spreadsheet, where markers are listed pairwise. So, if you need both columns for at least one pedigree member, you should choose both columns for every member. You may also choose to enter "0" values in the second column, if you plan to export as a linkage file, where items are separated ny spaces.

This is the pedigree so far:

pedigree


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