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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- History and Philosophy of Science