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Fig. 1: Interactive views of genetic associations in the UK Biobank instance of PheWeb.

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PheWeb fully embodies the philosophy of data and results sharing to advance scientific discoveries. PheWeb allows users to download full sets of summary statistics or subsets corresponding to the strongest association results. The summary statistics that populate the UK Biobank instance of PheWeb can be downloaded at

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PheWeb’s codebase is open source and hosted on GitHub at Our pipeline for computing pairwise genetic correlations by using cross-trait LD Score regression10 or SumHer12 is scalable to large datasets and is available at Additional information is provided in the Nature Research Reporting Summary.


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The UK Biobank genetic association summary statistics were generated previously by using the UK Biobank Resource through project ID number 24460. This research was supported by US National Institutes of Health grants HG009976 (M.B.) and HG007022 (G.R.A.).

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G.R.A. conceived the project. P.V. implemented the PheWeb software. A.P.B., R.P.W. and D.T. contributed additional key features to the software. S.A.G.T. drafted the initial manuscript and revised it according to coauthor input. S.A.G.T., P.V., A.P.B., R.P.W., D.T., E.M.S., L.G.F., M.B. and G.R.A. contributed to study design and/or direction. W.Z., J.B.N., S.A.G.T., C.J.W. and S.L. generated the UK Biobank association summary statistics. All authors reviewed the manuscript and suggested revisions. All authors approved the final manuscript.

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G.R.A. is an employee of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; he owns stock and stock options for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. The spouse of C.J.W. is employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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Gagliano Taliun, S.A., VandeHaar, P., Boughton, A.P. et al. Exploring and visualizing large-scale genetic associations by using PheWeb. Nat Genet 52, 550–552 (2020).

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