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News Short People May Not Want to Hear - Height and Intelligence May Be Linked

Short people are always getting the short end of the jokes and sometimes they can even fill short-handed when it comes to love, money jobs and now perhaps intelligence. According to News Discovery, a recent study published in the journal Behavior Genetics found , “a small association between height and intelligence such that people who are taller tend to be smarter.”

Are height and intelligence linked?
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Does it mean that short people are not smart or that now they have to regard themselves as second-class citizens. Not in the least. They may actually consider the recent study as being fairly short-sighted. In fact according to the study’s researchers they attributed much of a person’s vertical height challenges to mere genetics as opposed to their intelligence capacity, reported News Discovery.

But there still is the data that makes a somewhat compelling correlation between a shorter person and an unrelated taller person’s DNA. The study which was conducted at Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University and University College London, discovered that there was a “a moderate and statistically significant genetic correlation between height and general intelligence,according to Health News.

Of course there have been a number of international studies which have examined the similarities shared by family members and especially twin sets. But what distinguishes this study is its examination of DNA markers of 6,800 unrelated people.

So the news for short people is half beneficial, because at least for those women who are post-menopausal, you run less of a risk of developing cancer than your much taller female counterparts.