Harris, Richard. "Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes." NPR. NPR, 8 Apr. 2015. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
The article “Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes” discusses a new study on why taller people are less likely to have coronary heart disease than shorter people. This recent study says part of this reason lies in the genes. The article states that doctors have known about the correlation between height and the disease since the 1950s, but it has not really been clear as to why this is. A cardiologist from the University of Leicester in the UK tested a group of people of short stature and tested whether they were at a high risk for coronary artery disease as well. Looking at the genes of over 200,000 people, they found the relationship to be very ‘striking.’
This is extremely important to society because despite the shortcomings of the experiment, there could be some treatments emerging from this. This however, would not be a short-term possibility. This study shows how science is ‘on the edge of having a deeper understanding of many traits...’ such as ones that cause diseases and influence a person’s life length.I thought the article was very interesting and explained in great the shortcomings of the experiment and ways to improve it. However, I wish the author discussed the significance of the experiment more and why it so important to see the relationship between diseases and genes.