31 Mar '17, 4pm

Scientists have identified a gene that makes it hard to touch one’s toes and easy to run fast. https://t.co/OFZx41KRsU

Scientists have identified a gene that makes it hard to touch one’s toes and easy to run fast. https://t.co/OFZx41KRsU

Scientists have identified a gene that makes it hard to touch one’s toes and easy to run fast. Since the days of the original Olympics in ancient Greece, we have known that training and talent are the two key ingredients to maximum athletic performance. Until very recently, however, we understood training much better than we did talent. That’s because training is easily observed, measured, and controlled, whereas talent is nested in our microscopic genetic code. That code is no longer invisible. Human beings now possess the capacity to link physical traits back to their underlying genetic substrates. This allows scientists to identify the genetic underpinnings of athletic talent, and they’ve gotten a good start on the project. In 2011, researchers at the University of Cape Town, South Africa studied the association between the COL5A1 gene, flexibility, and performance in p...

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