Uzbekistan to start testing for Olympian genes

A geneticist in Uzbekistan claims to have discovered at least 50 genes that can determine a person’s innate ability to run, swim and to excel in other Olympic sports. The scientist is now ready to start genetic testing children to predict whether they have what it take to become future Olympians.

Rustam Muhamedov is the director of the genetics laboratory at Uzbekistan’s Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry. On January 5, he announced an ambitious programme for “sports selection at the molecular genetic level” that will be launched next year in cooperation with the country’s National Olympic Committee and several national sports federations.

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