Genes of 'Super' Athletes Could Be Used to Help the Rest of Us

Scientists at Stanford University want to sequence the genes of elite athletes.
2:08 | 05/01/15

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Researchers at Stanford University pushing elite athletes to the brink isn't about winning. About unlocking secrets of the human body where engines that the C. Which genes which pathways. We'll biology really determines what makes them jump higher run faster doctor Ewing actually runs Stanford's genomics clinic. Which typically searches for links between specific genes and conditions like heart disease. But now his team is turning that strategy around. Looking instead force elected advantages. Might make the rest of us healthier that helps me to to town and hope the hard work. That study that it has been one because they're the ones whose engine if you like works the best to identify the best of the past researchers start with volunteers like members of the Stamford crew team. Case dismissed as an Olympic hopeful who rose in a center power position. Yeah they say each stroke is basically like. 800 pound power clean. And answered yeah so I'd say it's an actor. Today. Nine wired to a testing device that measures the maximum amount of oxygen. And processed under full stress. An indication of training and possible superior genetics. Only athletes who had a top measurement are accepted into the study. Do you. About it. Really. The athletes who do pass will donate DNA samples eleven researchers to sequence there Gina. And with further study the team is hoping to identify so called performance Jeanne. And perhaps genetic mutations that could be used to develop new drugs. Potentially bolstering weakened hearts or struggling long. Since there are connecting to tenements I think will be able to discover some of them and I hope there will be able to help people. And perhaps not a victory for science with the help of some of the fitness athletes in the world.

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