February 2, 2017
(TIME) – How much of height can be traced to the genes inherited from mom and dad? Scientists are getting closer to the answer with new results from a large scale genetic study. Aptly called GIANT, for the International Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits, the trial involves more than 700,000 people who provided samples for DNA analysis. Preliminary findings included nearly 700 genetic sequences that people of different heights had in common: the most common genetic variants linked with height.