What makes you, 1 in 7.2 billion, apart from your fingerprints?

Anyone who has known biology or has watched crime shows on TV will remember that a criminal is identified by his fingerprints, which are unique markers left by the ridges on everyone’s fingers. These impressions have been used as personal signatures for thousands of years, going as far back as 300 B.C. in China, where […]

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Scientists reveal rare yet influential genetic changes related to height

Scientists reveal rare yet influential genetic changes related to height

In the largest, deepest search to date, the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has uncovered 83 new DNA changes that affect human height. These changes are uncommon, but they have potent effects, with some of them adjusting height by more than 2 cm, or almost 8/10 of an inch. The 700,000-plus-person study […]

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