Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session


Biological Sciences


Daniel Moore


Height is a phenotype, an observable trait of the genes that we inherit from our parents. It's a polygenic trait, meaning it is controlled by 2 or more genes. Because it is so easy to measure, it is an ideal characteristic to help us understand other polygenic traits. So far, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 700 common variants that determine a person's height. New discoveries have been made by the international group called Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT), revealing 83 genetic mutations that have additional effects on a person's height.1


(1) Marouli, Eirini, et al. "Rare and Low-Frequency Coding Variants Alter Human Adult Height." Nature, vol. 542, no. 7640, 09 Feb. 2017, pp. 186-190. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1038/nature21039.

Start Date

April 2017



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