Gene Shortage Might Lead to Shorter Height, Study Says

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Gene Shortage Might Lead to Shorter Height, Study Says
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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 10:29am

Interestingly, according to Health Day News:

Tall or short, it's long been known that genes account for much of a person's height. Now, scientists have found that short people actually might be missing copies of certain genes, which can leave them significantly smaller than average.

Studying DNA from more than 11,000 children and adults, an international team of researchers learned that those of short stature -- defined roughly as falling into the shortest 2.5 percent of their peer group -- had an excess number of rare deletions, or missing copies, of specific genes. Thus far, most research into genes and height has centered on identifying variations in common genes instead of an absence of others, study author Dr. Joel Hirschhorn said. READ MORE

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I'm tall for a woman of my generation (I am shrinking al ittle but I tend to measure somewhere around 5'9"), and I was taller than my Dad but shorter than my Mom and both my brothers. I have aa maternal Uncle who was 6' plus, a maternal Aunt who was 6', a cousin (her son) who is 6/6", and my maternal Grandfather was 6' plus as well..



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I'm definitely on the short side (5 feet) and it runs in my family on my mom's side for sure! And my son isn't all that tall either, poor guy.