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Exercise delivers inherited cognitive boost

Fathers who exercise before conceiving a child could pass cognitive benefits, including enhanced neuronal connections, and better processing and memory, to their offspring, according to recent findings of research conducted at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Göttingen, Germany.

The study looked at the effects of exercise on genetically identical male mice and determined that it changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring. Researchers suggested this phenomenon is mediated by altered expression of microRNA in sperm, which influences the inherited traits of a father’s offspring.

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