Many people on this site ask questions that directly or indirectly have to do with heritability in human.

Do you know a list of estimates of heritability of various traits in humans? Or could you try to create such list?

That might be great to have various kind of traits, personality traits, life-history traits, morphological traits, …

I am not necessarily asking for GWA studies that inform about what genes explain the observed variance (although that would be really great) but just some estimates of heritability and eventually information about the method used (parent-offspring regression, twins, ...) and which population was studied.

  • $\begingroup$ Do you think about a list of traits (for example hair color) and genes associated to it? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Apr 16, 2014 at 8:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris I did not expect something as accurate as the results of a GWAs. I was just thinking about a list of values of heritability for a list of traits. If one wants to add the way it's been measure, on which population and if it is a GWAs, give more info about what genes and how many genes explain the variance then it is really really cool but I will accept the answer even if it is not that perfect! $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Apr 16, 2014 at 8:30

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You may consider consulting the H2DB database. The database is quite new, so the number of heritability estimates is not very high at the moment (currently 225 estimates for human, 838 estimates in total), but it's a start. The database is described in a paper by Kaminuma et al.(2)


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