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NEW YORK – Researchers have uncovered a gene variant under positive selection that's linked to shorter height among Peruvians.

Peruvians are among the shortest people in the world, with average heights of 165.3 centimeters (about five feet five inches) for men and 152.9 centimeters (about five feet) for women, and previous studies of Latin and South American populations have suggested that Native American ancestry is correlated with shorter height.

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