Authors envision gene doping in sports


With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games under way, officials in the anti-doping community are urging researchers and those in the athletic community to redouble their efforts to fight illegal doping.

Theodore Friedmann, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Gene Therapy Program at UCSD School of Medicine, and several others wrote an article, “Gene Doping and Sports,” in the February issue of the journal Science of the emergence in the media of a community that approves and even encourages the use of “virtually any enhancing agents that science makes available to them.” The authors called on scientists to not be mere bystanders but to “reaffirm their responsibilities to conduct and report their work” ethically.

Co-authors include Olivier Rabin, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Montreal; and Mark S. Frankel, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Friedmann is chairman of WADA’s Gene Doping Expert Group.

“Genetic manipulation will be the frontier for human genetic enhancement,” Friedmann said. “Successful development of gene therapy has provided the concepts, tools, opportunity and, for some, justification for genetic modification of functions that affect normal human traits, such as athletic performance.”

The best of the best in sports gather at the Olympics, one of the world’s most competitive events. Friedmann said the time is right to look at how advances in genetics are affecting sports in ways not expected just a decade ago.

Related posts:

  1. Salk technology leads to gene therapy success
  2. UCSD biologists develop way to modify human embryonic stem cells
  3. Salk cures defective gene
  4. Legendary Del Mar figure Gene Requa dies at 94
  5. Study: Genes influence social networks

Short URL:

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6



  • 10 Reasons to Generate Your Own Power
    By Martin Learn, Home Energy Systems As we take one step closer towards August, we all prepare for the blazing sun, the heat it brings, and in turn, the cranked-up AC. But instead of seeing the sun as an enemy, something to be protected against, there is a way to embrace that solar power and […]
  • La Jolla Community Calendar July 24-31
    La Jolla Concerts by the Sea continue 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 with the Bill Magee Blues Band, performing electric New York and Chicago-style blues (preview at Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. Free. (858) 454-1600. […]
  • FRONTLINE CANCER: The value of Comprehensive Cancer Centers
    It’s estimated that approximately 14 million Americans alive today have had cancer. Some are cancer-free; some are still fighting it. This year, they will be joined by another 1.6 million persons who will receive that fearful diagnosis. The grim news, of course, is that the ranks of cancer patients are also trimmed each year by death: More than 585,000 annua […]