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Indirect Genetic Causes

Lynch, Kate E. (2022) Indirect Genetic Causes. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Indirect genetic effects occur when genes exert their influence on traits via the environment. Sometimes this occurs when individuals modify their own circumstances, other times people when impose circumstances on others. In both cases genes indirectly lead to phenotypic differences, yet causal interpretation of the two types of cases differs. This paper suggests a reason for this difference: environmental confounding. This point of difference depends upon the way causal variables are described. Invoking proportionality to determine appropriate variable description maintains the difference. The dependence of variable description helps to illuminate the relationship between gene-environment correlation and gene-environment interaction.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lynch, Kate E.kateemmalynch@gmail.com0000-0001-8800-2323
Keywords: causation, genes, environment, behaviour genetics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr. Kate E. Lynch
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2022 17:33
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 17:33
Item ID: 21428
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21428

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