This is the blog for GW students taking Human Evolutionary Genetics. This site is for posting interesting tidbits on: the patterns and processes of human genetic variation;human origins and migration; molecular adaptations to environment, lifestyle and disease; ancient and forensic DNA analyses; and genealogical reconstructions.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

The Epigenetics of Exercise

A recent study investigated the epigenetic effects of exercise on muscular tissue in terms of methylation and gene expression. Each subject served as their own control by exercising one leg but not the other, eliminating inter-individual variation. The observed epigenetic changes were associated  with improvements in exercise performance as well as general health, such as enhanced energy metabolism.

Original publication found here.

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