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It is sport's doomsday scenario: a new generation of bioengineered performance-enhancing agents that can transform also-rans into gold medalists. Imagine athletes injecting artificial genes right into their muscles-a virtually undetectable act that would give them the sinewy muscles of a cougar, or endurance like that of an antelope.

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Athletes are becoming faster and strong all the time it seems.  With that being said there is a genetic red light that every individual will encounter as they train in regards to performance potential.  On the horizon is a road... more »Athletes are becoming faster and strong all the time it seems.  With that being said there is a genetic red light that every individual will encounter as they train in regards to performance potential.  On the horizon is a road map to avoiding that red light.  It is the possibility of genetic engineering. Injecting an individual with some sort of genetic concoction that allows them to run faster or jump higher is a real possibility in the future.    The question that needs to be answered is, would such a procedure be ethical? 07-07-2015 10:10am

Comment by John Lakshmanan

It is great you are writing about this John, as I was literally just having a conversation about this dynamic last night with my instructors. The idea of gene manipulation is fascinating and frightening. I primarily feel this way due to the... more »It is great you are writing about this John, as I was literally just having a conversation about this dynamic last night with my instructors. The idea of gene manipulation is fascinating and frightening. I primarily feel this way due to the disparity it could make with accessibility and use. I believe it could completely alienate athletes from middle to lower class economic based families to produce competing athletes in a world of optimal genetically modified athletes. My other concern is mentioned in the article in relationship to it being a highly complex situation improving one dynamic of the body and not the other. I was told my Achilles rupture is likely due to my skeletal muscle strength advanced faster than my tendons and not adhering to the early warning signs. All and all, I am excited to see where this goes in spite my concerns. 07-23-2015 7:19pm

Comment by Dharma Shay

What a great article! I heard of something like this, not quite in this context but definitely similar. What I heard was that they would essentially be able to breed athletes into fine tuned machines! This article is definitely a step up!... more »What a great article! I heard of something like this, not quite in this context but definitely similar. What I heard was that they would essentially be able to breed athletes into fine tuned machines! This article is definitely a step up! My  question to you is how much of this is too much before its no longer sports? 07-26-2015 5:17pm

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