The ecology of height: The effect of microbial transmission on human height

Albertine S. Beard, Martin J. Blaser

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-498
Number of pages24
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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