Genetic analysis of dyslexia and other complex behavioral phenotypes

Bruce F. Pennington, Shelley D. Smith

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In this review, we discuss recent data on the genetics of developmental dyslexia and consider broader issues involved in the search for genes influencing complex behavioral phenotypes. These issues include 1) the need for a sophisticated analysis of the phenotype and the need for interdisciplinary collaboration between geneticists and cognitive neuroscientists, 2) the likelihood of genetic heterogeneity and non-Mendelian inheritance and the necessity for linkage methods to deal with these issues, and 3) how association analyses complement linkage analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)636-641
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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