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The Genetic Dimension of Height and Health

It may be no tall tale: A few inches taller or shorter could signal a risk for some diseases

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2:32pm, April 24, 2009

From Danny Devito to Yao Ming, the world is filled with short people and tall people and everyone in between. While factors such as nutrition influence height differences, much of that variation depends on genes. After all, both of Ming’s parents were basketball stars, and Devito’s were not.

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