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Tall tale: gene variants can add 2cm to your height

Tall tale: gene variants can add 2cm to your height


To expand the list of height-related genes, a team used new technology to test participants for less common, hard-to-detect variationsResearchers on Wednesday unveiled 83 rare gene variants which exert a strong influence on human height, with some capable of adding or subtracting more than two centimetres (0.8 inches). Previous research had shown that genetic inheritance determines more than 80 percent of a person's height. "Our latest discovery means that we can now explain over a quarter of the heritable factors involved in influencing a person's height," said Andrew Wood of the University of Exeter, a co-author of the study, published in the journal Nature.


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