Dr. Chunyan He and Komen Tissue Bank Contribute to International Study on Genes and Puberty

INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 160 institutions were involved in an international project, published today in the journal Nature, proving that the age at which girls reach sexual maturity can be influenced by either parent. This is the first time it has been shown that imprinted genes -- a process of temporarily silencing the genes of one parent -- can control the rate of development after birth.