A new technology has sports officials worried that its use may be rampant by the 2008 summer games. Called genetic doping. it involves the transfer of
genes into the cells to create a hybrid DNA that can promote muscle growth or increase a persons endurance. AT this point this procedure is not
PORTLAND, Ore. - The 2008 Olympics are still a long way away but worries are already growing about whether it will become the first genetically
enhanced competition in amateur sports.
Dr. Theodore Friedmann, a top adviser to the World Anti-Doping Agency, said the arrival of so-called "gene doping" to enhance performance is
"The question, of course, is how genetic technology can be used to push the performance of athletes, and at what point does that kind of manipulation
cease to be sport and become just an exercise in biotechnology," Friedmann said.
Gene doping involves transferring genes directly into human cells to blend into an athlete's own DNA in order to enhance muscle growth and increase
strength or endurance.
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Given the money that is involved in sports it inevitable that athletes will have access to cutting edge technology. However, since its hit mainstream
science, you have to wonder if the U.S. or other country already has "enhanced" soldiers running around?
Uh no. 2004 was arguably the first, some say it was 2000. 2008 is the first Summer olympics where the first scandel will happen, because the
science of catching those athletes will catch up. I betcha any money the Chinese and Americans are gonna vying for the lead for the most doped
I can think of one product that is very close to market. I forget the name, but its used to treat patients with Muscle Dystrophy. It is also possible
to use this drug to increase muscle mass through direct injections. I believe it may also be alot safer then Steriods but who knows, only time will
tell. I wound't mind getting some gene doping mods if they are proven safe that is... I have heard of alot of Cancers and sudden deaths arrising from
Gene Thereapy trials, so I hope these athletes know what they are getting themselves into...
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