A major gene model of adult height is suggested in Chinese

Miao Xin Li, Peng Yuan Liu, Yu Mei Li, Yue Juan Qin, Yao Zhong Liu, Hong Wen Deng

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Adult height (stature), as a complex quantitative trait, has been studied in different populations. However, few genetic studies on height were performed on the Chinese, the largest population in the world. In this study, familial correlation and segregation analyses were carried out for adult height in a Chinese sample composed of 385 nuclear families with a total of 1,169 informative individuals. The results suggest that a major gene with a recessive effect accounts for about 17.2% of the total adult height variation in the Chinese. Significant familial residual effects are found. The heritability (±SE) of height is estimated to be 0.647 (±0.122). This study, for the first time, provides evidence for the high degree of genetic determination of adult height in the Chinese population and furnishes a valuable reference for further mapping and identification of adult height genes in the Chinese.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-153
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Human Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult height
  • Chinese population
  • Familial correlation
  • Major genes
  • Segregation analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics


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