This paper concerns an analysis of family resemblance for magnesium concentrations, based on data from nuclear families and twins. Neither red blood cell magnesium nor plasma magnesium varies with age in children (under 20 years of age). Whereas adult plasma magnesium varies linearly with age, the red cell magnesium clearly showed a nonlinear trend: quadratic for males and a fifth-degree polynomial for females. Transformed magnesium concentrations generated six correlations in nuclear families and twins for each of the two traits. Separate univariate analyses, using a simple linear model with four parameters, strongly suggested that genetic factors are primarily responsible for the observed family resemblance. Both traits were then analyzed simultaneously using a simple bivariate model.
|Number of pages
|American journal of human genetics
|Published - 1982