Thumbs down for DNA checks


Thumbs down for DNA checks(2005, Jun 22) The Age, by Karen Lyon and Stathi Paxions

Quoting: "AFL coaches have raised strong concerns over the introduction of genetic testing as a recruiting tool, saying there is no guarantee science will prove any more effective than the methods of testing now used for new talent. Ethical challenges as well as scientific questions were raised yesterday, as coaches grappled with the idea of testing potential recruits for their genetic make-up."

Finally, people are asking critical questions about this use of the technology. For years, the sports world has been quiet about the ethical issues arising from genetic tests. In fact, they have been celebrated as an extension of talent identification. While a rejection of this technoloogy might not be warranted, some acknowledgement that it is not simply uncontroversial has been a long time coming!