06 June 2013

Gene behind early onset puberty

Scientists have discovered a gene that could help children with 'central precocious puberty,' give insights to development.

Scientists say they've identified a gene mutation behind a condition that causes children to undergo puberty before the age of nine.

Besides helping children with central precocious puberty, "these findings will open the door for a new understanding of what controls the timing of puberty" generally, co-senior study author Dr. Ursula Kaiser, chief of the endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release.

Mutation leads to puberty


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