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Blood pressure gave evidence for genetic heritability (0.24 for systolic, 0.19 for diastolic) and for cultural heritability (0.16 for systolic, 0.09 for diastolic in children) in a sample of Japanese-American families. A small but significant fraction of cultural inheritance was due to maternal effects, possibly mediated through dietary habits. There was no convincing evidence for major loci causing hypertension in this population, and the polymorphism proposed by Platt was excluded as a principal cause of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalHuman genetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1980


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