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[Molecular-evolution] heritability of discrete characters

grunau from methdb.net via mol-evol%40net.bio.net (by grunau from methdb.net)
Mon Oct 13 10:43:27 EST 2014

Dear All,
I'm new to quantitative genetics and I'd like to analyze heritability of infection capacity. Let's say a parasite has a wide host spectrum (mammals, birds, amphibians, etc.). I'd like to know what the heritability of bird infection is. Can I simply convert to discrete characters into continuous (mammals = 1, birds = 2, amphibians = 3, etc. 4,5,6..) and use a selection experiment (take only those that infect birds and infect the host spectrum with the next generation) and use the h2=R/S formula? Is there a "legal" way to do so?
Many thanks - Christoph

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