Giant Genetic Sequence Uncovered

December 5, 2014 10:38 AM

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Giant Genetic Sequence Uncovered

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified a genetic mutation that appears to be the cause of the rare condition known as gigantism. Gigantism is characterized by abnormally fast growth which usually results in the person with the condition to be abnormally tall and have unusually large hands and feet. Sometimes the growth disorder can result in a delay of puberty too.

If you are familiar with anatomy and physiology at all, it might occur to you that the cause of this condition lies somewhere in the pituitary gland, as this is the part of the brain known to be in charge of growth. Indeed, that is correct, the condition of gigantism is caused by the excess secretio...

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