Tag: puberty

The Genetics of Twinning

An international team of scientists has identified two genetic variants that influence the odds of a mother having natural fraternal, non-identical, twins. The findings also offer more insight into female fertility and ovarian function as one of the variants is near a gene called FSHB that plays a role ...

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The High Notes

By looking at data on when boys’ voices first broke as a way to time the onset of puberty, researchers at the University of Cambridge have completed a first-of-its-kind genetic study and found that for both boys and girls puberty is influenced by many of the same genetic variants. “Our study shows that ...

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SNPwatch: The Genetics of Adolescent Growth Spurts

By Alison Chubb We've all known teenagers who grow several inches in a year, and then start bumping into people and furniture as they figure out what to do with their big feet and long arms. The growth spurt that happens during adolescence can account for up to 20 percent of one's final height, and we know ...

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Genetics, Puberty and African American Girls

Several studies have shown that certain girls, particularly African-American girls, experience puberty earlier than others, but there’s an ongoing debate about what that might mean. There are a number of reasons why some girls begin puberty earlier than others. Girls who are heavier tend to enter puberty ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Common Genetic Variations To Those Changes A Woman’s Body Goes Through

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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