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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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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
Children's visual attention is genetically controlled 17 July 2017 News
Huntington's disease in mice partly reversed using CRISPR 26 June 2017 News
Blood test for testicular cancer a step closer 19 June 2017 News
Genes for insomnia discovered 19 June 2017 News
Ovarian cancer drug could treat BRCA-related breast cancer 12 June 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...