Heredity: Lay Understanding


There is a general knowledge of inheritance among the lay public that conflicts with scientific Mendelian accounts and may impede the uptake of scientific explanations. There is a strong case for a ‘bottom‐up’ approach to genetic education, which takes account of varying needs and interests in genetic knowledge as well as lay knowledge of inheritance.

Keywords: inheritance; kinship; lay knowledge; public understanding of science; Mendelian inheritance


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Richards, Martin PM(Sep 2006) Heredity: Lay Understanding. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005873]