Heritable quantitative trait

An heritable quantitative trait is a measurable phenotype that depends on the cumulative actions of many genes, and the environment. These traits can vary among individuals, over a range, to produce a continuous distribution of phenotypes. Examples include height, weight and blood pressure.

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    A study in Nature Genetics reports the first genome-wide significant loci for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and implicates biologically informative genes, such as FOXP2, as contributors to its aetiology.

    • Dorothy Clyde
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    An intraspecific plant diversity experiment uncovers the mechanistic basis of a positive effect of biodiversity on biomass production, pinpointing it to a single genetic region.

    • Liesje Mommer
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