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Athlete gene linked to falls

27th October 2010

Scientists from Aberdeen University have suggested that genetic screening could identify elderly women more likely to have a fall.

Researchers believe the gene ACTN3, which has been linked to muscle strength and power in elite athletes, is associated with falling. The findings comes after a study of more than 4,000 elderly women which suggested those with variant ACTN3 genes were 33% more likely to fall, although they did acknowledged that other factors were also involved and the gene variant alone is not enough to cause elderly women to fall.

 

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