University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features genetics researcher and larger NFL linemen

Find out how genetics plays a role in cancer research. This week, Joyce Ohm, assistant professor in Biochemistry at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will discuss how gene research could impact future generations. Research that focuses on genetics is called epigenetics. Experts say some environmental factors such as stress, exercise and drug use can impact which genes are passed to offspring. But Ohm says leading a healthy lifestyle may prevent passing on hereditary diseases. “Epigenetics is an exploding field,” she says. “It plays a role in every human disease.” Ohm has focused much of her research on cancer. Learn how epigenetics research could explain this generation’s current health conditions.

Also, learn why NFL linemen are getting bigger. For many, the word “athletic” describes a trim and talented individual. One contact sport is finding the balance between heft and haste. The standard for college and NFL lineman is pushing the limits of player size while maintaining athleticism. An example of a competitor who has both size and speed is Minnesota Vikings Left Tackle Matt Kalil. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.99 seconds at 306 pounds. Player size has increased over the last 30 years and many say linemen will continue to tip the scale. The University of North Dakota Football Coach Mike Mannausau says the bigger, the better for his team.

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-- Suzanne Irwin, Kyle Kohns, Hayley Kuntz, Studio One, 777.4346,

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