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  • 20 Sep 2021
    Kostas Kampourakis

    Correlation vs causation and the “associated” gene

    It is common to hear about about scientific studies reporting statistical associations between particular genes and diseases or characteristics such as intelligence or educational attainment. The take-home message is often that those DNA sites are ‘responsible’ for cancer, or high intelligence etc., even though what scientist have actually found is only an association between the two. This is what I have called the "associated gene" concept.

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