New research from OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center suggests this theory: external factors may influence the timing of puberty, just might be true.
The research, published this week by Nature Neuroscience, gained the attention of several news outlets including KGW-TV here in Portland.
An excerpt from our press release:
The paper explains how OHSU scientists are investigating the role of epigenetics in the control of puberty. Epigenetics refers to changes in gene activity linked to external factors that do not involve changes to the genetic code itself. The OHSU scientists believe improved understanding of these complex protein/gene interactions will lead to greater understanding of both early-onset (precocious) puberty and delayed puberty, and highlight new therapy avenues.
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