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The extent to which a particular trait is inherited. Studies of heritability typically estimate the proportion of observed variation in a particular trait (for example, height) that can be attributed to inherited genetic factors in contrast to environmental ones.

Articles using this Glossary Item

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Qatar leads the way in mapping genetic risk factors for the Arab population 22 March 2021 Comment
Event Review: Hacking Darwin - Genetic engineering and the future of humanity 1 June 2020 Review
Improved base-editors advance CRISPR based genome editing 17 February 2020 News
Book Review: The Human DNA Manual – Understanding your genetic code 10 February 2020 Review
The potential use of CRISPR to treat disease is gaining momentum 13 January 2020 News
Post-traumatic stress disorder has genetic component 14 October 2019 News
Human germline is 'not inviolable', says German ethics council 20 May 2019 News
First genes linked to ADHD discovered 3 December 2018 News
Long life has little to do with genetics 12 November 2018 News
Aggressive prostate cancer gene identified 3 September 2018 News
Heritable genome editing could be acceptable, says leading ethics body 17 July 2018 News
Gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease found 4 December 2017 News
Seventy-two new gene targets for breast cancer found 30 October 2017 News
How should we discuss genome editing in public? 2 October 2017 Comment
Risk of developing autism is mostly caused by genetics 2 October 2017 News
Mitochondrial replacement therapies in Mexico and the USA - and the FDA 29 August 2017 Comment
Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos 7 August 2017 News
US lab may have edited human embryos for first time 31 July 2017 News
New gene silencing method discovered 24 July 2017 News
South Asian social systems give insight into genetics 24 July 2017 News
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Events using this Glossary Item

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Darwin's Theory and the Cultural Sciences
8 September 2009 9.15am-12midday Lecture Theatre E, Lecture Theatre Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
An event addressing how Charles Darwin's theory of evolution can be used to examine past and present cultural change...
Genetics and Identity in the Year of Homecoming
27 August 2009 7pm-8.15pm Highland Park Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens. Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, UK
A discussion of the relationship between genetic inheritance and Scotland's national self...