Scientists Discover Nearly 700 New Genes That Are Linked To Height

October 6, 2014 12:22 PM

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Scientists Discover Nearly 700 New Genes That Are Linked To Height

A new study, conducted on more than 250,000 subjects, has almost doubled the number of known gene regions -- including nearly 700 genes -- that influence height. The study by the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits, or GIANT, Consortium is expected to help scientists better understand the biology of height.

The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics on Sunday, analyzed data from the genomes of 253,288 people as the scientists looked into about two million common genetic variants. From this pool, they identified 697 (in 424 gene regions) genes as being related to height, the largest number to d...

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