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Correlation Between Height and Genetic Factors

Correlation Between Height and Genetic Factors

The adult height of children is not in all cases directly correlated to the height of their parents. It is estimated that genetic factors affect 60-80% of the final adult height. Conversely, about 20-40% is determined by environmental factors (dietary, disease exposure, etc.). Studies with 8,798 pairs of adult Finnish twins, published in the Behavior Genetics Journal, have shown that genetic factors can determine the final height to 78% on adult men and 75% on adult women. In this post, we’ll cover the relationship between height and genetics. Height and Genes An individual’s height is strongly determined by the inherited DNA...

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