The Athlete Gene

For more than 10 years geneticists have been finding examples of a simple pattern: People who are good at sports requiring strength are more likely to have deletions in the ACE gene while people who are good at endurance sports are more likely to have inserts. The over-representation of inserts has shown up in long-distance runners, rowers and triathletes.

See WSJ article on the athlete gene.

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  1. Ken says:

    I didn’t inherit enough of the athlete gene.

  2. Greg says:

    I agree with Ken. Life’s unfair.

  3. Jeff says:

    You guys just don’t understand. In the future all this is going to get corrected in the womb.

  4. Buster says:

    It’s hardly news that athletic prowess is a genetic trait.

  5. Brian Williams. says:

    I heard “Born this Way” is the new official song of the NFL.

  6. Carolyn Needham says:

    Next you are going to be able to choose which sport your children are good at before they are born.