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In response to last week’s show, can a genetic test tell if your child will be a star? Some think so…read on

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1 Response to “In response to last week’s show, can a genetic test tell if your child will be a star? Some think so…read on”


  1. November 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    If you’re dreaming about your kid becoming the next Derek Jeter, Payton Manning or LeBron James, now there’s a test that claims to tell you if he or she has the skills.
    Scientists at Atlas Sports Genetics in Boulder, Colo., said they can predict what sport your child may be best suited for, at least genetically.
    The test costs $169 and involves a quick swab of your child’s DNA from their cheek and gums.
    Then, you mail the swab to the lab for analysis of the ACTN3 “sports” gene.
    The test looks for a specific variation of that gene, to indicate if a person is more likely to excel in power sports, endurance sports or both.
    Dr. Derek Neilson at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said you’re better off buying your child a pair of sneakers.
    “This particular gene only contributes about 2 percent of muscle strength at most,” said Dr. Neilson.
    We tested a former high school quarterback.
    Atlas Sports Genetics said his advantage is in sprint power and strength sports, so that was right on the money.


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