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Runners' DNA for research.

SCIENTISTS are launching a ground-breaking study to find out why some of us can run faster than others - despite doing the same amount of training.

The research team is asking the 54,000 people taking part in next month's Bupa Great North Run to provide a saliva sample in a bid to find out whether our DNA is linked to race performance.

DNA, the genetic code we inherit from our parents, is important for our physical ability and previous work has shown that variations in the protein-building blocks of muscle can influence performance.

Newcastle University researchers think subtle differences in DNA influence physical fitness.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2009
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