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.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

Related Posts

In Science this week: self-assembly of DNA components in solution, and more.

Genetics and Molecular Research retracts two gastric cancer papers for being "substantially equal" to other papers, according to Retraction Watch.

A new analysis indicates that the Ebola virus behind the current West African outbreak is mutating at about the same rate as other Ebola viruses.

With the launch of Scott Kelly into space today, the study of him and his earthbound brother to disentangle the effects of life in space from the effects of genetics kicks off.