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(Abc.net.au)   If you didn't qualify for Olympic selection you can blame your parents   (abc.net.au) divider line 7
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2012-08-02 12:38:46 PM
Scientists are working on a blood test to identify the gene in young athletes.

What fer?
 
2012-08-02 12:39:22 PM
I don't blame my parents for not being born an Olympican. I blame them for discouraging me from taking up a sport in high school. I had always liked playing rec league soccer. I totally would have gone out for the soccer team.

This would have made hooking up WAY easier.

/responsible parenting involves considering how any given decision will affect your child's future prospects with sexual partners
 
2012-08-02 12:45:17 PM
"They put a group of healthy volunteers through an exercise program, then measured the levels of a gene called PCG-1A.

Researcher Professor John Hawley says the test found if people have high levels of the gene they are more likely to become fitter and benefit more from exercise."


I was under the impression that a gene was either present or not. Can anyone who knows what they are talking about explain this high levels thing?
 
2012-08-02 12:56:55 PM

miniflea: I was under the impression that a gene was either present or not.


You're correct. However, a gene can be more or less active, which may be what they mean. I tried looking it up in Wikipedia, and it appears that it is actually called PCG-1α.

PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone) activates expression of PCG-1α (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha), a "master regulator" that mobilizes cells' response to various external triggers. It directly stimulates genes that enhance mitochondrial and cellular respiration, growth, and reproduction. Its capacity to upregulate cellular metabolism at the genetic level favorably affects blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride breakdown, and the onset of obesity.
 
2012-08-02 01:56:42 PM
It's not genetics. It's money.

You are not going to be a gymnast, skater, or anything else without lessons and rink/gym/studio time.

If there isn't a pool or large body of water, you're not going to be a swimmer.

Public school gym classes in NYC consisted of jumping jacks, sit ups and half court basketball.
 
2012-08-02 07:58:23 PM

Contents Under Pressure: It's not genetics. It's money.

You are not going to be a gymnast, skater, or anything else without lessons and rink/gym/studio time.

If there isn't a pool or large body of water, you're not going to be a swimmer.

Public school gym classes in NYC consisted of jumping jacks, sit ups and half court basketball.


Still your parent's fault then for being poor.

This is just a potential step to get eugenics back on the map of science we should be pursuing.

Once they have identified all these genes properly we can restart the evolution of our species which pretty much came to a grinding halt ironicly when we became smart enough to get technology to do the evolving for us.
 
2012-08-02 08:40:40 PM
Well, if you're not over 6 feet tall there's always gymnastics... or skeet shooting... or... ?
 
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