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Hermine O.,Institute for Research in BioMedecine and Epidemiology of Sport | Hermine O.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Hermine O.,Institute of Genetic Diseases | Hermine O.,University of Paris Descartes | And 30 more authors.
Biochimie | Year: 2015

The HFE gene encodes a protein involved in iron homeostasis; individuals with mutations in both alleles develop hemochromatosis. 27% of the French population is heterozygous for mutations in this gene. We found that 80% of the French athletes who won international competitions in rowing, Nordic skiing and judo display mutations in one allele of HFE, thus demonstrating the existence of a favourable phenotype linked to this heterozygosity. © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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