Assortative mating on educational attainment leads to genetic spousal resemblance for polygenic scores

@inproceedings{HughJones2016AssortativeMO,
  title={Assortative mating on educational attainment leads to genetic spousal resemblance for polygenic scores},
  author={David Hugh-Jones and Karin J H Verweij and Beate St. Pourcain and Abdel Abdellaoui},
  year={2016}
}
We examined whether assortative mating for educational attainment (“like marries like”) can be detected in the genomes of ~ 1600 UK spouse pairs of European descent. Assortative mating on heritable traits like educational attainment increases the genetic variance and heritability of the trait in the population, which may increase social inequalities. We test for genetic assortative mating in the UK on educational attainment, a phenotype that is indicative of socio-economic status and has shown… CONTINUE READING

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