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Height gene study

30th September 2010

New research involving more than 180,000 people has shed light on the complexity of the genetic code which governs how tall we are.

The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals differences in 180 different places in our DNA which may play a role in deciding how tall we will be. These areas are linked to genes affecting skeletal growth, bone density and obesity with an estimated 80% of differences in height are thought to be due to genetic factors.

 

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