Should athletes be allowed to enhance their genes?

 

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So-called gene doping is banned in sports, but some philosophers argue that it’s the way of the future

Scientists first developed gene therapy techniques in the 1990s, exploring ways to treat disease by modifying malfunctioning cells. In 1997, a team at John Hopkins University edited genes to create what the media called “Schwarzenegger mice,” which had twice the normal amount of muscle.

The researchers’ goal was to develop treatments for muscle-wasting conditions, including old age, but the same technique could theoretically be used to add muscle bulk to athletes, a concept called gene doping. Doctors could, theoretically, inject cells with enhanced genes into the relevant body part or use a benign virus to deliver modified cells. These superhumans could be the elite athletes of the future — athletes who perform faster, higher, and stronger than any “natural” human ever could.

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Technology’s Threat to the Future of Sports – Part 1

Futurist Thomas Frey: Recently I returned from a trip to Seoul, Korea where I was asked to speak at the Global Sports Marketing Forum on the “future of sports.” This event was part of a series being planned to draw attention to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.

 

 

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Athletes Who Consume Energy Drinks Are Putting Their Health at Risk

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“Weekend warriors” and those “seeking an edge in an endurance event” faced potential health risks by using energy drinks.

Joggers are putting their health at risk by trying to revive themselves after exercise with high-caffeine energy drinks, a study has warned.  Researchers found hugely popular energy drinks that are promoted to, and used by, a growing number of athletes for an “extra push”, contained more caffeine than an average cup of coffee.

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The Secret to Running and Swimming Faster – The Position of Your Belly Button

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Usain Bolt wins the men’s 100m final at the Beijing Olympic Games – his speed could be down to the position of his belly button according to a new study.

Sports commentators have long avoided trying to explain why blacks dominate on the running track and whites often finish first in the swimming pool.  But scientists in America claim they have come up with a very simple explanation to defy the guardians of political correctness.

They say it’s all down to belly-buttons.

 

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A Good Night’s Sleep is Important for Health, Especially for Athletes

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Research indicates that a good night’s sleep does the body good and helps it stay fit.

Longer days could mean time for long evening workouts, but you need to be careful. Enthusiasm for exercise is fabulous, but athletes can sabotage their fitness goals if it causes them to hit the sack much later.

New findings by Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital show that a vast number of hormonal changes and neurochemical reactions occur only while you sleep, and many have serious implications for your weight, health and fitness. This is why you can’t compensate for missed sleep with coffee or vitamins.

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Female Athletes Suffer More Injuries Because Training Programs Are Designed For Men

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Women suffer more sports injuries than men

Sportswomen experience “dramatically” higher rates of injury than men because programs designed for “young adult while males” fail to take into account “intrinsic biological differences” between the sexes, according to the Canadian study.

 

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