Behaving : what's genetic, what's not, and why should we by Kenneth F. Schaffner

By Kenneth F. Schaffner

This paintings presents an summary of the new background and technique of behavioral genetics and psychiatric genetics. the point of view is basically philosophical and addresses quite a lot of concerns, together with genetic reductionism and determinism, 'free will,' and quantitative and molecular genetics.

summary: This paintings presents an summary of the new historical past and technique of behavioral genetics and psychiatric genetics. the viewpoint is basically philosophical and addresses a variety of matters, together with genetic reductionism and determinism, 'free will,' and quantitative and molecular genetics

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At the beginning of the twenty-​fi rst century, McGuffin, Riley, and Plomin wrote that the “quantitative approaches can no longer be seen as an end in themselves,” and that the field must move to specific genes assisted by the recently completed draft versions of the human genome sequence (McGuffin, Riley, and Plomin 2001, 1232). ” Even 20 or so years ago it was widely acknowledged that most genes playing etiological and pathophysiological roles in behavioral traits and in psychiatric disorders would not be single-​locus genes of large effect following Mendelian patterns (McGuffin, Riley, and Plomin 2001).

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Its Nature and Nurture (Part 1) 27 geneticists assume they are working only with additive genotypic variance, they underscore this additivity by using a 2 in place of h 2 , and call this kind of diagram an ACE model, capitalizing the a, c, and e factors that influence a trait. 5 (DZ) between the As represents the values for shared additive genetic correlation that the behavioral geneticist derived for Judge Jean above. 0 between the Cs represents that value which is based on the equal environments assumption (EEA) discussed earlier.

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