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DNA Tests Promise Keys to Athletic Performance, Weight Loss

By Sports Technology Wire on August 9, 2018

In an era where fractions of a second mean the difference between medaling or not, a new genetic test similar to 23andMe promises to unlock the secret to enhanced athletic performance.

With Athletic Genetix, a swab of spit yields a detailed report about a person’s genes and how the types of exercises they do and food they consume might affect exercise and recovery. Think of this as the sporty version of the ancestry tests that have put consumer DNA testing on the map.

Athletic Genetix promises to help athletes gain an edge (with reports personalized to individual sports) and to assist consumers in reaching their weight, strength and endurance goals. Raffaele Lauretta, the founder and chief executive of the company, and a former soccer player, believes DNA testing could usher in a new era of hyper-personalized nutrition and fitness.

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