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Capacity for Exercise Can Be Inherited, UC-Riverside Biologists Find


September 1, 2010

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Biologists at the University of California, Riverside, have found that voluntary activity, such as daily exercise, is a highly heritable trait that can be passed down genetically to successive generations. Working on mice in the lab, they found that activity level can be enhanced with selective breeding. Their experiments showed that mice that were bred to be high runners produced high-running offspring, indicating that the offspring had inherited the trait for activity.Full Story

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