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Decreasing height, increasing arthritis risk evolutionarily advantageous for humans

07:00 EDT 3 Jul 2017 | Medical Xpress

A single genetic change linked both to a reduction in human height and an increase in osteoarthritis risk might seem like it would quickly be kicked to the evolutionary curb. After all, how could it be an advantage to be both shorter and less mobile in the cutthroat competition for scarce resources and fickle mates? Darwin's finches would be appalled.

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