Peering Under the Hood of Africa's Runners

Science  30 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5684, pp. 637-639
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5684.637

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Kenyans dominate endurance running, and West Africans excel as sprinters. With a physiological explanation in hand, researchers are now probing the genetics of this geographic mastery.