Do genes play a role in sport


Do genes play a role in sport(2002, Mar 21) The Times, by Sanjida O'Connell [link]

This article discusses research from Australia, which has attempted to identify links betwen genes and performance. In particular, Kathryn North and Michelle Mills from the New Children's Hospital Westmeda in Sydney discuss their work associated with muscle-wasting disorders. this is another example of work related to therapeutic medical technologies, which could have implications for sport. The gene in question is the ACE gene, which also been researched by Hugh Montgomery at UCL. Studies on performance genes are particularly controversial. Frequently, speculations are made about how they might affect sport, though some scientists are critical that far more reliable and objective studies, using bigger sample sizes must first take place before we know anything.