Day 157 (7q22.1-7q31.1): erythropoietin, a signal to make more red blood cells

A group of fan joke with a fake syringe reading EPO during the 17th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Castelsarrasin, 26 July 2007.  AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2015/12/12/teenage-british-junior-champion-admits-epo-doping

A group of fan joke with a fake syringe reading EPO during the 17th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Castelsarrasin, 26 July 2007. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Day 157 has 88 protein-coding genes (browser view) including EPO (erythropoietin).

Erythropoietin is produced by the kidneys and is a hormone signal to the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. As a drug, it is used to treat anemia, but also illicitly as a performance-enhancing drug in cycling (although it may not actually help.)

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