A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012. REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout
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Researchers Wednesday unveiled 83 rare gene variants, which exert a strong influence on human height, with some capable of adding or subtracting more than 2 centimeters.More than 300 researchers from five continents trawled through genetic data from 711,428 people to find the variants.Previous research had shown that genetic inheritance determines more than 80 percent of a person's height. Twenty-four of the 83 newly found variants can affect height by more than 1 centimeter, the team reported.Only about one in a thousand people carry one of these variants, and were 1-2 centimeters taller than non-carriers.
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