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Genetic changes with exercise

Fascinating article about how you can change your gene expression, although this article specifically looked at exercise and gene expression.  Actions such as exercise can methylate a gene, changing it’s expression, what’s interesting is that this genetic change is more permanent than your run of the mill changes which exercises causes.

In the study they measured the methylation of genes in a low intensity exercise group and a high intensity exercise group.  What they found was that only the high intensity group demonstrated methylation.

What’s even more interesting is that it is possible that these genetic changes may be passed on to offspring.  Interesting stuff.

Source: Scientific American  Photo: Public Domain

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