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Genetic influence on puberty intertwined with growth control genes

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014
LONDON – A multitude of genes contribute to the age at which a girl has her first menstrual bleed, but many of them also are involved in determining levels of body fat and body mass index (BMI), a huge new international study has found. Those genes have the potential to aid a better understanding of the biology of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

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