Building Better Bodies


Building Better Bodies(2004, Aug 25) The New York Times , by Nicholas Kristof [link]

Kristof imagines the future of sport, drawing attention to the Belgian Blue bull as a model for humanity. The myostatin-less bulls have bulging muscles - yes, like Arnie, which begs the question as to whether this is really a futuristic claim. The better bodied athlete is desrcribed as a human mutant and H. Lee Sweeney's work and publication in Scientific American is referenced, as is the New England Journal of Medicine article on the 'muscular boy'.

The author asks the ethical question 'in what ways should we improve our genetic endowment?', but argues we are not yet ready to answer this.