Silly geneticists: height is determined by economics!

When designing your research study, you try to take into account and control for many different types of variables. How and when the sample was collected? Under what temperature was it stored? How long was it exposed to a given treatment condition? But have you ever thought about your research subject’s economic wellbeing? According to a video posted to YouTube by Duke Economics, approximately 20% of a human’s height is determined by economics as opposed to their genetics.

That’s what I call true interdisciplinary research!

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