Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994

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Jelenkovic , A , Hur , Y-M , Sund , R , Yokoyama , Y , Siribaddana , S H , Hotopf , M , Sumathipala , A , Rijsdijk , F , Tan , Q , Zhang , D , Pang , Z , Aaltonen , S , Heikkilä , K , Oncel , S Y , Aliev , F , Rebato , E , Tarnoki , A D , Tarnoki , D L , Christensen , K , Skytthe , A , Kyvik , K O , Silberg , J L , Eaves , L J , Maes , H H , Cutler , T L , Hopper , J L , Ordonana , J R , Sanchez-Romera , J F , Colodro-Conde , L , Cozen , W , Hwang , A E , Mack , T M , Sung , J , Song , Y M , Yang , S , Lee , K , Franz , C E , Kremen , W S , Lyons , M J , Busjahn , A , Nelson , T L , Whitfield , K E , Kandler , C , Jang , K L , Gatz , M , Butler , D A , Stazi , M A , Fagnani , C , D'Ippolito , C , Duncan , G E , Buchwald , D , Derom , C A , Vlietinck , R F , Loos , R J , Martin , N G , Medland , S E , Montgomery , G W , Jeong , H U , Swan , G E , Krasnow , R , Magnusson , P K , Pedersen , N L , Dahl-Aslan , A K , McAdams , T A , Eley , T C , Gregory , A M , Tynelius , P , Baker , L A , Tuvblad , C , Bayasgalan , G , Narandalai , D , Lichtenstein , P , Spector , T D , Mangino , M , Lachance , G , Bartels , M , van Beijsterveldt , T C , Willemsen , G , Burt , S A , Klump , K L , Harris , J R , Brandt , I , Nilsen , T S , Krueger , R F , McGue , M , Pahlen , S , Corley , R P , Hjelmborg , J V , Goldberg , J H , Iwatani , Y , Watanabe , M , Honda , C , Inui , F , Rasmussen , F , Huibregtse , B M , Boomsma , D I , Sorensen , T I , Kaprio , J & Silventoinen , K 2016 , ' Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994 ' , eLife , vol. 5 , 20320 . https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.20320

Title: Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994
Author: Jelenkovic, Aline; Hur, Yoon-Mi; Sund, Reijo; Yokoyama, Y.; Siribaddana, S. H.; Hotopf, M.; Sumathipala, A.; Rijsdijk, F.; Tan, Q.; Zhang, D.; Pang, Z.; Aaltonen, Sari; Heikkilä, Kauko; Oncel, S. Y.; Aliev, F.; Rebato, E.; Tarnoki, A. D.; Tarnoki, D. L.; Christensen, K.; Skytthe, A.; Kyvik, K. O.; Silberg, J. L.; Eaves, L. J.; Maes, H. H.; Cutler, T. L.; Hopper, J. L.; Ordonana, J. R.; Sanchez-Romera, J. F.; Colodro-Conde, L.; Cozen, W.; Hwang, A. E.; Mack, T. M.; Sung, J.; Song, Y. M.; Yang, S.; Lee, K.; Franz, C. E.; Kremen, W. S.; Lyons, M. J.; Busjahn, A.; Nelson, T. L.; Whitfield, K. E.; Kandler, C.; Jang, K. L.; Gatz, M.; Butler, D. A.; Stazi, M. A.; Fagnani, C.; D'Ippolito, C.; Duncan, G. E.; Buchwald, D.; Derom, C. A.; Vlietinck, R. F.; Loos, R. J.; Martin, N. G.; Medland, S. E.; Montgomery, G. W.; Jeong, H. U.; Swan, G. E.; Krasnow, R.; Magnusson, P. K.; Pedersen, N. L.; Dahl-Aslan, A. K.; McAdams, T. A.; Eley, T. C.; Gregory, A. M.; Tynelius, P.; Baker, L. A.; Tuvblad, C.; Bayasgalan, G.; Narandalai, D.; Lichtenstein, P.; Spector, T. D.; Mangino, M.; Lachance, G.; Bartels, M.; van Beijsterveldt, T. C.; Willemsen, G.; Burt, S. A.; Klump, K. L.; Harris, J. R.; Brandt, I.; Nilsen, T. S.; Krueger, R. F.; McGue, M.; Pahlen, S.; Corley, R. P.; Hjelmborg, J. V.; Goldberg, J. H.; Iwatani, Y.; Watanabe, M.; Honda, C.; Inui, F.; Rasmussen, F.; Huibregtse, B. M.; Boomsma, D. I.; Sorensen, T. I.; Kaprio, Jaakko; Silventoinen, Karri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2016-12-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: eLife
ISSN: 2050-084X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/185250
Abstract: Human height variation is determined by genetic and environmental factors, but it remains unclear whether their influences differ across birth-year cohorts. We conducted an individual-based pooled analysis of 40 twin cohorts including 143,390 complete twin pairs born 1886-1994. Although genetic variance showed a generally increasing trend across the birth-year cohorts, heritability estimates (0.69-0.84 in men and 0.53-0.78 in women) did not present any clear pattern of secular changes. Comparing geographic-cultural regions (Europe, North America and Australia, and East Asia), total height variance was greatest in North America and Australia and lowest in East Asia, but no clear pattern in the heritability estimates across the birth-year cohorts emerged. Our findings do not support the hypothesis that heritability of height is lower in populations with low living standards than in affluent populations, nor that heritability of height will increase within a population as living standards improve.
Subject: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
5141 Sociology
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