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World-class athletic performance and genetic endowment

Individual differences in physical performance in the sedentary state and in response to exercise training have been observed in rodent and human studies. The genomic variants underlying these genetic components are unknown. Nonetheless, without a rich genetic endowment, world-class athletic performance is out of reach.

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Fig. 1: Human variability in percentage type 1 muscle fibres.
Fig. 2: Resources, technologies, and analytical and bioinformatics tools currently available to support the discovery of the genetic and molecular basis of performance-related traits in the intrinsic state and in response to exercise training.

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Sarzynski, M.A., Bouchard, C. World-class athletic performance and genetic endowment. Nat Metab 2, 796–798 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42255-020-0233-6

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