31 Mar '12, 6pm

great

It is true that genetic "proof" has yet to be provided. But elite sporting performance is too complex, and genetic factors too varied to ever "prove" the link Ericsson seems to require. Consider this: height is a pretty straightforward characteristic, and it's known to be highly heritable (tall parents = tall children). In fact, 80% of the variance in height is known to be genetic. However, studies have found that it takes an astonishing 300,000 genetic variants to account for only 45% of this variance. That's just height - how much more then would it take to explain something as complex as sports performance? The reality is that the field of genetics is young, and with time, more evidence will emerge. But there's a massive difference between something being "proven" (where I agree with Ericsson) and saying that it is absent (which is what he implies). Genetic evidence is ...

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