A New Study Is Looking Into What Determines Our Height

The long and short of it

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A new study in the Journal of Nature is looking at why some of us can reach the top shelf better than others. Human height has always been a mystery to science, especially when it comes to the variations that occur in our growth.

Our final measurement is determined by DNA, if you have tall parents, you’re likely to be tall – same goes with short.

The researchers analysed 700 000 people worldwide and looked at the genes that specifically add 2cm to our length.

Professor Guillaume Lettre at Montreal University in Canada has been looking closely at exactly how these genes decide how tall we are. He and his team have discovered “dozens of rare mutations,’ which are, ‘shedding light on why humans are so different from one another.’ [via The Express]

A decade ago, the first gene associated with height was identified now, with this new find, scientists now know of more than a quarter of these genes.

Many of these program our bone growth. Meaning that particular genes are fiddling around with our cartilage and marrow.


STC2 Gene Gene Cards


One, in particular, is called STC2, and only one person in 1000 carries this specific gene – they are usually 1-2 cm taller than the average. So if you’re a bit taller than the standard height for your gender, then you are probably carrying STC2.

The long-reaching goal of this study is to understand height yes but also to develop newer tools to effectively treat growth disorders in children and to predict traits that develop into diseases, such as heart attacks or childhood leukemia.

Another finding that confirms the world within us is rife with possibility and magic.

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