Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994

Aline Jelenkovic, Yoon-Mi Hur, Reijo Sund, Yoshie Yokoyama, Sisira H Siribaddana, Matthew Hotopf, Athula Sumathipala, Fruhling Rijsdijk, Qihua Tan, Dongfeng Zhang, Zengchang Pang, Sari Aaltonen, Kauko Heikkilä, Sevgi Y Öncel, Fazil Aliev, Esther Rebato, Adam D Tarnoki, David L Tarnoki, Kaare Christensen, Axel Skytthe & 79 others Kirsten O Kyvik, Judy L Silberg, Lindon J Eaves, Hermine H Maes, Tessa L Cutler, John L Hopper, Juan R Ordoñana, Juan F Sánchez-Romera, Lucia Colodro-Conde, Wendy Cozen, Amie E Hwang, Thomas M Mack, Joohon Sung, Yun-Mi Song, Sarah Yang, Kayoung Lee, Carol E Franz, William S Kremen, Michael J Lyons, Andreas Busjahn, Tracy L Nelson, Keith E Whitfield, Christian Kandler, Kerry L Jang, Margaret Gatz, David A Butler, Maria A Stazi, Corrado Fagnani, Cristina D'Ippolito, Glen E Duncan, Dedra Buchwald, Catherine A Derom, Robert F Vlietinck, Ruth Jf Loos, Nicholas G Martin, Sarah E Medland, Grant W Montgomery, Hoe-Uk Jeong, Gary E Swan, Ruth Krasnow, Patrik Ke Magnusson, Nancy L Pedersen, Anna K Dahl-Aslan, Tom A McAdams, Thalia C Eley, Alice M Gregory, Per Tynelius, Laura A Baker, Catherine Tuvblad, Gombojav Bayasgalan, Danshiitsoodol Narandalai, Paul Lichtenstein, Timothy D Spector, Massimo Mangino, Genevieve Lachance, Meike Bartels, Toos Cem van Beijsterveldt, Gonneke Willemsen, S Alexandra Burt, Kelly L Klump, Jennifer R Harris, Ingunn Brandt, Thomas Sevenius Nilsen, Robert F Krueger, Matt McGue, Shandell Pahlen, Robin P Corley, Jacob V B Hjelmborg, Jack H Goldberg, Yoshinori Iwatani, Mikio Watanabe, Chika Honda, Fujio Inui, Finn Rasmussen, Brooke M Huibregtse, Dorret I Boomsma, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Jaakko Kaprio, Karri Silventoinen

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Human height variation is determined by genetic and environmental factors, but it remains unclear whether their influences differ across birth-year cohorts. We conducted an individual-based pooled analysis of 40 twin cohorts including 143,390 complete twin pairs born 1886-1994. Although genetic variance showed a generally increasing trend across the birth-year cohorts, heritability estimates (0.69-0.84 in men and 0.53-0.78 in women) did not present any clear pattern of secular changes. Comparing geographic-cultural regions (Europe, North America and Australia, and East Asia), total height variance was greatest in North America and Australia and lowest in East Asia, but no clear pattern in the heritability estimates across the birth-year cohorts emerged. Our findings do not support the hypothesis that heritability of height is lower in populations with low living standards than in affluent populations, nor that heritability of height will increase within a population as living standards improve.

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ISSN2050-084X
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Jelenkovic, A., Hur, Y-M., Sund, R., Yokoyama, Y., Siribaddana, S. H., Hotopf, M., ... Silventoinen, K. (2016). Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994. eLife, 5, [e20320]. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.20320
Jelenkovic, Aline ; Hur, Yoon-Mi ; Sund, Reijo ; Yokoyama, Yoshie ; Siribaddana, Sisira H ; Hotopf, Matthew ; Sumathipala, Athula ; Rijsdijk, Fruhling ; Tan, Qihua ; Zhang, Dongfeng ; Pang, Zengchang ; Aaltonen, Sari ; Heikkilä, Kauko ; Öncel, Sevgi Y ; Aliev, Fazil ; Rebato, Esther ; Tarnoki, Adam D ; Tarnoki, David L ; Christensen, Kaare ; Skytthe, Axel ; Kyvik, Kirsten O ; Silberg, Judy L ; Eaves, Lindon J ; Maes, Hermine H ; Cutler, Tessa L ; Hopper, John L ; Ordoñana, Juan R ; Sánchez-Romera, Juan F ; Colodro-Conde, Lucia ; Cozen, Wendy ; Hwang, Amie E ; Mack, Thomas M ; Sung, Joohon ; Song, Yun-Mi ; Yang, Sarah ; Lee, Kayoung ; Franz, Carol E ; Kremen, William S ; Lyons, Michael J ; Busjahn, Andreas ; Nelson, Tracy L ; Whitfield, Keith E ; Kandler, Christian ; Jang, Kerry L ; Gatz, Margaret ; Butler, David A ; Stazi, Maria A ; Fagnani, Corrado ; D'Ippolito, Cristina ; Duncan, Glen E ; Buchwald, Dedra ; Derom, Catherine A ; Vlietinck, Robert F ; Loos, Ruth Jf ; Martin, Nicholas G ; Medland, Sarah E ; Montgomery, Grant W ; Jeong, Hoe-Uk ; Swan, Gary E ; Krasnow, Ruth ; Magnusson, Patrik Ke ; Pedersen, Nancy L ; Dahl-Aslan, Anna K ; McAdams, Tom A ; Eley, Thalia C ; Gregory, Alice M ; Tynelius, Per ; Baker, Laura A ; Tuvblad, Catherine ; Bayasgalan, Gombojav ; Narandalai, Danshiitsoodol ; Lichtenstein, Paul ; Spector, Timothy D ; Mangino, Massimo ; Lachance, Genevieve ; Bartels, Meike ; van Beijsterveldt, Toos Cem ; Willemsen, Gonneke ; Burt, S Alexandra ; Klump, Kelly L ; Harris, Jennifer R ; Brandt, Ingunn ; Nilsen, Thomas Sevenius ; Krueger, Robert F ; McGue, Matt ; Pahlen, Shandell ; Corley, Robin P ; Hjelmborg, Jacob V B ; Goldberg, Jack H ; Iwatani, Yoshinori ; Watanabe, Mikio ; Honda, Chika ; Inui, Fujio ; Rasmussen, Finn ; Huibregtse, Brooke M ; Boomsma, Dorret I ; Sørensen, Thorkild I A ; Kaprio, Jaakko ; Silventoinen, Karri. / Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994. In: eLife. 2016 ; Vol. 5.
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AU - Hur, Yoon-Mi

AU - Sund, Reijo

AU - Yokoyama, Yoshie

AU - Siribaddana, Sisira H

AU - Hotopf, Matthew

AU - Sumathipala, Athula

AU - Rijsdijk, Fruhling

AU - Tan, Qihua

AU - Zhang, Dongfeng

AU - Pang, Zengchang

AU - Aaltonen, Sari

AU - Heikkilä, Kauko

AU - Öncel, Sevgi Y

AU - Aliev, Fazil

AU - Rebato, Esther

AU - Tarnoki, Adam D

AU - Tarnoki, David L

AU - Christensen, Kaare

AU - Skytthe, Axel

AU - Kyvik, Kirsten O

AU - Silberg, Judy L

AU - Eaves, Lindon J

AU - Maes, Hermine H

AU - Cutler, Tessa L

AU - Hopper, John L

AU - Ordoñana, Juan R

AU - Sánchez-Romera, Juan F

AU - Colodro-Conde, Lucia

AU - Cozen, Wendy

AU - Hwang, Amie E

AU - Mack, Thomas M

AU - Sung, Joohon

AU - Song, Yun-Mi

AU - Yang, Sarah

AU - Lee, Kayoung

AU - Franz, Carol E

AU - Kremen, William S

AU - Lyons, Michael J

AU - Busjahn, Andreas

AU - Nelson, Tracy L

AU - Whitfield, Keith E

AU - Kandler, Christian

AU - Jang, Kerry L

AU - Gatz, Margaret

AU - Butler, David A

AU - Stazi, Maria A

AU - Fagnani, Corrado

AU - D'Ippolito, Cristina

AU - Duncan, Glen E

AU - Buchwald, Dedra

AU - Derom, Catherine A

AU - Vlietinck, Robert F

AU - Loos, Ruth Jf

AU - Martin, Nicholas G

AU - Medland, Sarah E

AU - Montgomery, Grant W

AU - Jeong, Hoe-Uk

AU - Swan, Gary E

AU - Krasnow, Ruth

AU - Magnusson, Patrik Ke

AU - Pedersen, Nancy L

AU - Dahl-Aslan, Anna K

AU - McAdams, Tom A

AU - Eley, Thalia C

AU - Gregory, Alice M

AU - Tynelius, Per

AU - Baker, Laura A

AU - Tuvblad, Catherine

AU - Bayasgalan, Gombojav

AU - Narandalai, Danshiitsoodol

AU - Lichtenstein, Paul

AU - Spector, Timothy D

AU - Mangino, Massimo

AU - Lachance, Genevieve

AU - Bartels, Meike

AU - van Beijsterveldt, Toos Cem

AU - Willemsen, Gonneke

AU - Burt, S Alexandra

AU - Klump, Kelly L

AU - Harris, Jennifer R

AU - Brandt, Ingunn

AU - Nilsen, Thomas Sevenius

AU - Krueger, Robert F

AU - McGue, Matt

AU - Pahlen, Shandell

AU - Corley, Robin P

AU - Hjelmborg, Jacob V B

AU - Goldberg, Jack H

AU - Iwatani, Yoshinori

AU - Watanabe, Mikio

AU - Honda, Chika

AU - Inui, Fujio

AU - Rasmussen, Finn

AU - Huibregtse, Brooke M

AU - Boomsma, Dorret I

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AU - Kaprio, Jaakko

AU - Silventoinen, Karri

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N2 - Human height variation is determined by genetic and environmental factors, but it remains unclear whether their influences differ across birth-year cohorts. We conducted an individual-based pooled analysis of 40 twin cohorts including 143,390 complete twin pairs born 1886-1994. Although genetic variance showed a generally increasing trend across the birth-year cohorts, heritability estimates (0.69-0.84 in men and 0.53-0.78 in women) did not present any clear pattern of secular changes. Comparing geographic-cultural regions (Europe, North America and Australia, and East Asia), total height variance was greatest in North America and Australia and lowest in East Asia, but no clear pattern in the heritability estimates across the birth-year cohorts emerged. Our findings do not support the hypothesis that heritability of height is lower in populations with low living standards than in affluent populations, nor that heritability of height will increase within a population as living standards improve.

AB - Human height variation is determined by genetic and environmental factors, but it remains unclear whether their influences differ across birth-year cohorts. We conducted an individual-based pooled analysis of 40 twin cohorts including 143,390 complete twin pairs born 1886-1994. Although genetic variance showed a generally increasing trend across the birth-year cohorts, heritability estimates (0.69-0.84 in men and 0.53-0.78 in women) did not present any clear pattern of secular changes. Comparing geographic-cultural regions (Europe, North America and Australia, and East Asia), total height variance was greatest in North America and Australia and lowest in East Asia, but no clear pattern in the heritability estimates across the birth-year cohorts emerged. Our findings do not support the hypothesis that heritability of height is lower in populations with low living standards than in affluent populations, nor that heritability of height will increase within a population as living standards improve.

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KW - human biology

KW - medicine

KW - twins

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Jelenkovic A, Hur Y-M, Sund R, Yokoyama Y, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M et al. Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994. eLife. 2016;5. e20320. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.20320