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Respecting Dwarfs- A Lesson To Be Learnt From Ancient Egyptians

isdom writings and moral teachings in ancient Egypt commanded respect for dwarfs and other individuals with disabilities, " said Dr Chahira Kozma, one of the senior researchers in the study.

Dwarfism can be defined as a medical condition characterized by deficient adult height (4'10" or shorter). This definition is applicable to both men and women. Currently more than 100 different medical conditions have been identified to account for a disproportionate stature. Surprisingly, dwarfism is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors, which are not completely understood.

The most common form of genetic disorder affecting growth is achondroplasia with an incidence of 1 in 25, 000. Contrary to the existing belief that dwarfs are only born to parents with dwarfism, it has been found that more than ? of dwarfs are born to parents of average size. This interesting research appears in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Moral of the Story! Probably, we still have a lot more to learn from our ancestors in terms of respecting disabled individuals and ensuring equal opportunities to them.


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