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July 2014

Could Age of First Period Influence Development of Diseases in Older Women?

Genetics involved with menarche may hold keys to preventing diabetes or osteoporosis in later life

BOSTON – A novel study shows that the age girls reach puberty is influenced by 'imprinted genes‘—a subset of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent contributes the gene. This is the first evidence that imprinted genes can control the rate of development after birth and details of this study were published today in the journal Nature.