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Genetics

01 September 2011

Genetic cause for being skinny

People with extra copies of certain genes are much more likely to be very skinny, scientists said in the first finding of a genetic cause for extreme thinness.

People with extra copies of certain genes are much more likely to be very skinny, scientists said in the first finding of a genetic cause for extreme thinness.

"This is the first genetic cause of extreme thinness that has been identified," said Philippe Froguel from Imperial's school of public health, who led the study. "It's also the first example of a deletion and a duplication of one part of the genome having opposite effects."

Men more likely to be underweight

 

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