In 1999, scientists reported that a particular variant of the angiotensin–converting enzyme (ACE) gene was associated with superior physical endurance. The variant, known as the ACE insertion polymorphism, was found to be present in a higher proportion of elite endurance athletes, especially long distance runners, than in the general population.
Marathon University (MU) is offering full–tuition scholarships and a guaranteed spot on the varsity track team to high school sophomores who "pass" a genetic test. If the parents sign a consent form, University doctors will screen them for the ACE insertion polymorphism.
Last Updated: April 2, 2012