Cheating is so 1999

A reporter spends a year searching for the athletic holy grail: a sports gene

Updated: August 6, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine
Certain genes are linked to specific physical strengths like having a strong Achilles tendon (MMP3) or manufacturing the collagen that keeps ligaments and tendons like the ACL strong (COL1A1).

This article appears in the October 19th Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The question that brought me to the Buck Institute, outside San Francisco, last fall seemed simple enough; Why do some athletes seem to age more slowly than others?

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