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Imprint of assortative mating on the human genome

  • Yengo, Loic1
  • Robinson, Matthew R.1, 2
  • Keller, Matthew C.3
  • Kemper, Kathryn E.1
  • Yang, Yuanhao1
  • Trzaskowski, Maciej1
  • Gratten, Jacob1, 4
  • Turley, Patrick5, 6
  • Cesarini, David7, 8, 9
  • Benjamin, Daniel J.7, 10, 11
  • Wray, Naomi R.1, 12
  • Goddard, Michael E.13, 14
  • Yang, Jian1, 12
  • Visscher, Peter M.1, 12
  • 1 The University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia , Brisbane (Australia)
  • 2 University of Lausanne, Department of Computational Biology, Lausanne, Switzerland , Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 3 University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Boulder, CO, USA , Boulder (United States)
  • 4 Translational Research Institute, Mater Research, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia , Brisbane (Australia)
  • 5 Massachusetts General Hospital, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Boston, MA, USA , Boston (United States)
  • 6 Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Stanley Centre for Psychiatric Research, Cambridge, MA, USA , Cambridge (United States)
  • 7 National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, USA , Cambridge (United States)
  • 8 New York University, Department of Economics, New York, NY, USA , New York (United States)
  • 9 New York University, Center for Experimental Social Science, New York, NY, USA , New York (United States)
  • 10 University of Southern California, Center for Economic and Social Research, Los Angeles, CA, USA , Los Angeles (United States)
  • 11 University of Southern California, Department of Economics, Los Angeles, CA, USA , Los Angeles (United States)
  • 12 The University of Queensland, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia , Brisbane (Australia)
  • 13 University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia , Melbourne (Australia)
  • 14 Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Government of Victoria, Biosciences Research Division, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia , Bundoora (Australia)
Published Article
Nature Human Behaviour
Nature Publishing Group UK
Publication Date
Nov 26, 2018
DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0476-3
Springer Nature


A century after being predicted by theory, the authors detect and quantify the genomic signature of assortative mating in ~400,000 contemporary human genomes, and report new genetic evidence for assortative mating on height and educational attainment.

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