WADA meeting to investigate gene doping in sport (2008, June 2)


WADA meeting to investigate gene doping in sport The Associated Press Published: June 2, 2008

The threat gene doping poses to the integrity of sport will be investigated next week ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Anti-doping leaders and genetics experts will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia to hear details of new research and developments, as well as ongoing ethical concerns.

Gene doping is an illegal spinoff of gene therapy, which typically alters a person's DNA to fight diseases like muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.

The four-day Gene Doping Symposium, starting on Sunday, will be the World Anti-Doping Agency's third such gathering since 2002.