Athletes may next seek genetic enhancement


Athletes may next seek genetic enhancement(2002, May 21) New York Times by R. Sandomir [link]

This article stresses the importance of the sports world staying ahead of the technology. This is critical for dealing with the possible genetic modification of athletes. It is particularly important for the sports world to recognise the broader bioethical implications of their conclusions. Dick Pound is quoted, stating that "Sports are designed by people for people - people are not designed for a particular sport". Of course, this perspective is not directed towards a number of people for whom sports are not organised or who excel in sports that are not professionally lucrative. A prediction of 5 years before genetic technology will be used extensively by athletes and further difficulty is recognised about the distinction between therapy and enhancement.