Beware small biases: the case of height

See prior post on self vs. other measurements of personality for a similar take. Height is the favorite trait in ‘behavioral’ genetics: it’s easy, fast and cheap to measure, continuous as opposed to dichotomous or discrete, highly polygenic, highly heritable, and no one complains to the PC police about it. So we have tons of…

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Thinking about intergenerational stability of socioeconomic status

I read the following interesting paper: Braun, S. T., & Stuhler, J. (2016). The Transmission of Inequality Across Multiple Generations: Testing Recent Theories with Evidence from Germany. The Economic Journal, n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12453 This paper shows that across multiple generations, the persistence of occupational and educational attainment in Germany is larger than estimates from two generations…

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Animal breeding, human breeding

Reading up on the huge animal breeding literature gives a useful background to one’s thinking about what selection on humans will do in the future (embryo selection and direct editing á la CRISPR). I made the above infograph some time ago, maybe 1-2 years. It is still pretty accurate. The newest data for genome sequencing…

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So that idea I had about using genetically informed dating sites…

Previous post: https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/?p=4103 Prediction: Good dating sites of the future will use genomic data to select partners with matching MHC. The idea is obvious. Genomic sequencing prices will fall. People will have copies of their data. These can be uploaded to dating sites. Dating sites can extract the info about MHC (and whatever else!) from…

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Prediction: Good dating sites of the future will use genomic data to select partners with matching MHC

Prediction: Good dating sites of the future will use genomic data to select partners with matching MHC. The idea is obvious. Genomic sequencing prices will fall. People will have copies of their data. These can be uploaded to dating sites. Dating sites can extract the info about MHC (and whatever else!) from the data, and…

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