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  • #1 Guest
    Thinker point
    Genetic doping among athletes is already becoming a concern

    "At this year’s 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, athletes faced a battery of doping tests aimed at detecting banned substances such as anabolic steroids, which are used to improve strength and endurance, all the way to blood doping, which increases the number of red blood cells thereby increasing oxygen transport and endurance. In light of recent advancements made in the fields of gene therapy and gene editing, officials have now developed a new test to detect potential gene doping among athletes."

    See:

    xtalks.com/gene-doping-in-the-2016-rio-olympics/

    As we learn more about the genes that govern intelligence, I wonder if genetic brain augmentation will also
    become possible?
  • #2 sanman
    Resident Expert point
    The ambitious will be the guinea pigs, paving the way for the rest of us. The pioneers get the arrows/cancer, while the settlers get the land/benefits. The Democratization of Genetics.
  • Expert point
    Why worry about genetic doping? To be a successful Olympic athlete you already have to be the best of the best genetically. No normal person can do it any more. So if genetic therapies can give the rest of us a chance, then great.