Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tall Tell-tales

Tall parents often have tall children. Nothing new about that.

Now an article preview in Nature Genetics identifies 697 genetic variants that together explain one-fifth of the heritability for adult height. Results suggest a genetic architecture for human height that is characterized by a very large but finite number (thousands) of causal genetic variants that might explain up to 80% of what determines height.

Defining the role of common variation in the genomic and biological architecture of adult human height

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