gwasrapidd: an R package to query, download and wrangle GWAS Catalog data


Motivation: The NHGRI Catalog of Published Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) Catalog has collected, curated, and made available data from over 3 900 studies. The recently developed GWAS Catalog REST API is the only method allowing programmatic access to this resource. Results: Here, we describe gwasrapidd, an R package that provides a client interface to the GWAS Catalog REST API, representing an important software counterpart to the server-side component. gwasrapidd enables users to quickly retrieve, filter and integrate data with comprehensive bioinformatics analysis tools, which is particularly critical for those looking into functional characterisation of risk loci. Availability: gwasrapidd is freely available under an MIT License, and can be accessed from

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