01 February 2006

Gene Doping and Olympic Sport

Gene Doping and Olympic Sport@SIRC

Education is vital. Athletes and the people athletes rely on for advice need to understand the complexities and uncertainties around gene transfer—not least, our enormous ignorance about the risks of gene transfer in humans, risks that the X-SCID experiment demonstrates can be unexpected and grave.

Research is also crucial. We need to devise strategies to deter and detect gene doping. We also must refine our understanding of the ethics of genetic enhancement. Does gene-doping challenge our conception of natural talents? In what ways is it similar to or different from using performance-enhancing drugs?

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