Rare gene variants can change your height by up to 7 centimetres

Our height is mainly influenced by our genetics rather than environmental factors, such as nutrition

AHPhotoswpg/Getty Images

Nearly 30 rare gene variants that decrease people’s height by up to 7 centimetres, or raise it by up to 5 cm, have been discovered by analysing the genomes of more than 300,000 individuals.

“The variants I found, they’re very rare, so less than 1 per cent of individuals carry them, but their effects are very large,” says Gareth Hawkes at the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK.

Height is largely genetically determined,…

rana00

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *