Abstract

The height that adult humans achieve results from a complex interplay between genetic endowment and environmental exposures during development. We hypothesize that exposure to microbes—both exogenous pathogens and endogenous biota—are critical environmental determinants of the expression of human height in a community. Both experimental studies and historical changes in height in relation to presumed microbial transmission support this hypothesis.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 475-498
Launched on MUSE
2002-11-01
Open Access
No
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