Enter the Superkid(2000, Feb 5) New Scientist, by Andy Miah

This article gives a brief response to Christie Ascwanden's article that also appeared in New Scientist titled 'Gene Cheats'. Some questions I asked about this topic included:

  • Does a parent have the right to enhance their child in any way they see fit?
  • What kind of enhancement would be valuable and worthwhile to choose?
  • How would governing bodies of sport react to those who are genetically enhanced from birth given that we could not call the athlete a cheat since he/she will have done anything themselves?
  • What rights does an athlete have to keep his/her genetic information private when competing with other athletes?

I happen to think that many of these questions remain unanswered and that they should be a priority for discussions on this topic.