Author Topic: Forget steroids, gene doping is next frontier of performance enhancers in sport  (Read 1664 times)

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Scientists have seen the future of sport. It involves mice that can lift three times the average, humans that can run 90-minute marathons, and ligament tears that can be fixed by injection.

It is genetic engineering, therapy and doping, and it is the arrival of the bionic athlete. At the extreme, this is either the advancement or end of the human race. At the minimum, it is the unavoidable change to the way our sports-baseball, football, the Olympics, you name it-are played.

They used to talk about this in whispered tones, with only the occasional mention in mainstream media. Five years ago, the experts said gene doping wouldn't be a concern for another five years. More and more, that sci-fi, futuristic threat is now.

''The upcoming Olympics,'' says Ron Evans, a genetics professor at the Salk Institute, ''it's probable that right now, someone is training on this.''

Evans knows. He led a team of geneticists who created ''the marathon mouse,'' a rodent that ran twice as long as normal mice with one-third of the weight gain.

The goal of Evans' work is to cure obesity, diabetes, certain kinds of heart disease, and all sorts of noble endeavors. But you know who calls him? Athletes. Coaches. Even a horse trainer.

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