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Does genetics explain height differences among Indians?

| | August 22, 2013

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Recent research has shown that there is a clear correlation between state domestic product and average height. Yet data on heights — and especially the outlier States — raise the question: are there genetic differences between Indian population groups that could have an impact on height?

“I have seen no clear and convincing evidence of genetic differences in height potential, either across populations within India, or across populations in different places in the world. Indeed, all of the evidence that I have seen points to the idea that populations with early life environments and care grow to similar heights,” said Diane Coffey, a PhD candidate at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

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