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Behaviour Genetics – Human

  1. David E Comings

Published Online: 15 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001897



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Comings, D. E. 2002. Behaviour Genetics – Human. eLS. .

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  1. City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2002


Many studies have shown that genes contribute to at least 50% of most behavioural traits and disorders, and in some cases as much as 90%. In the coming years genetic testing will be used to assist in the diagnosis and choice of treatment of most behavioural problems.


  • polygenic inheritance;
  • twin studies;
  • molecular genetics