by Kathy Jones on  June 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News
 Multiple Genetic Variations Influence Height
Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) have revealed that our height is determined by multiple genetic variations.

The researchers assessed the height of nearly 4,000 Australian before coming to this conclusion.

"We know from family studies there is high heritability of these complex traits however, we could not fully account for the variation by studying common genetic changes," lead researcher Professor Peter Visscher from QIMR's Queensland Statistical Genetics Laboratory told

He added that when they were able to study the impact of all the common variants together, "we realised their cumulative effect was in fact very significant."

The details appear in Nature Genetics.

Source: Medindia

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