Heredity and risk of disease

Ranajit Chakraborty, William J. Schull, Kenneth M. Weiss

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Mathematical modeling of competing risks often uses a single risk function for all individuals within a population. In this paper we use several specific examples to argue that such representations remain approximations until account is taken of the existence of genetic variability within and between populations, and the impact of this upon liability to disease. The extent of human genetic variability is also indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironment International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1978


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Chakraborty, R., Schull, W. J., & Weiss, K. M. (1978). Heredity and risk of disease. Environment International, 1(6), 371-377.