Studies link DNA methylation to body's response to exercise

07/31/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Recent studies show that one of the body's first reactions to exercise may be changes in DNA methylation within muscle cells, which Karolinska Institute researcher Juleen Zierath said could spur other bodily changes. Studies also found that the genes showing the biggest methylation changes after exercise were those linked to metabolism, diabetes and obesity.

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