This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, an international team of researchers present data showing that more than 100 common genetic variants determine the age at which a woman experiences her first menstrual cycle. The age of menarche is heritable and associated with risks for disorders ranging from obesity to breast cancer. To better understand the genetic basis for this, the scientists searched for genes associated with the age of onset of menarche in up to 182,416 women of European descent.

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