Day 33 (2p23.3-2p22.3): proopiomelanocortin, source of the runners’ high

 

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Day 33 has 88 protein-coding genes including POMC (proopiomelanocortin.)  POMC is interesting because it is chopped up to make several different hormones with very different roles: from MSH which stimulates skin cells to darken, to beta-endorphin, responsible for improved mood after exercise.

Click here to see your POMC gene on Day 33.

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