Heritability in the genomics era — concepts and misconceptions

  title={Heritability in the genomics era — concepts and misconceptions},
  author={P. Visscher and W. Hill and N. Wray},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  • P. Visscher, W. Hill, N. Wray
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Genetics
  • Heritability allows a comparison of the relative importance of genes and environment to the variation of traits within and across populations. The concept of heritability and its definition as an estimable, dimensionless population parameter was introduced by Sewall Wright and Ronald Fisher nearly a century ago. Despite continuous misunderstandings and controversies over its use and application, heritability remains key to the response to selection in evolutionary biology and agriculture, and… CONTINUE READING
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