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83 rare genetic mutations found to affect a person’s height

Researchers have pinpointed 83 rare genetic variants that may directly affect a person’s height. These variants, described in a study published today in <i>Nature</i>, don’t occur very often, but some were found to be associated with height differences of up to two centimeters (0.78 inches).<p>Scientists have …


Unexpected Risks Found In Replacing DNA To Prevent Inherited Disorders

In September, reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang and his team at the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City captured the world's attention when they announced the birth of a child to a mother carrying a fatal genetic defect.<p>Using a technique called mitochondrial replacement therapy, the …