162. Understanding Biodiversity In Human Performance: Ft. Damon Fontleroy

162. Understanding Biodiversity In Human Performance: Ft. Damon Fontleroy

As a coach, I'm always looking for an edge to develop my athletes. I get caught up with equipment, new technology, the popular coach's book for the month, etc. But now I'm beginning to look at each athlete that I train different. This leads us to genetics by understanding  and respecting all of our historical and ethnic differences. Take a listen as we discuss biodiversity...

Human Biodiversity (hbd) is very simply the diversity found among and between human populations that has a biological basis.*

Each of us is biologically unique. Our genomes, our phenomes, our patterns of gene expression, our epigenomes, our microbiomes — none of these are ever exactly the same in any two individuals, even identical twins.

Yes, you are all special! You’re not even the same person today biologically that you were when you were six — or sixteen (unless you’re still sixteen, of course).  Each individual human is biologically diverse when compared to all other humans and even across his or her own lifetime. 

Human Biodiversity research is conducted in numerous academic disciplines and their subfields such as biology, genetics, medicine, neurology, psychology, and anthropology. HBD research also draws on social, historic, and prehistoric data related to human populations. (there is no separate academic discipline known as “human biodiversity.”)

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