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Polygene Risk Scores: A Philosophical Exploration

Woodward, James and Kendler, Kenneth (2023) Polygene Risk Scores: A Philosophical Exploration. Philosophy of Medicine, 4 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2692-3963

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This paper explores the interpretation and use of polygenic risk scores (PRSs). We argue that PRSs generally do not directly embody causal information. Nonetheless, they can assist us in tracking other causal relationships concerning genetic effects. Although their purely predictive/correlational use is important, it is this tracking feature that contributes to their potential usefulness in other applications, such as genetic dissection, and their use as controls, which allow us, indirectly, to "see" more clearly the role of environmental variables.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Polygene risk scores Genetic causation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 12:29
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 12:29
Item ID: 22289
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2023.156
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 5 July 2023
Page Range: pp. 1-21
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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