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[Video] Gene Editing: Doping Of The Future

Gene Doping

The editing of genes could be the future of doping in athletics, with the ability to alter defective genes in the human body becoming a real possibility. About 50% of what determines how fit you are comes from your genome, the other 50% is training, according to Dr. Euan Ashley, professor of medicine and genetics at Stanford University.

“A new technology for “editing” defective genes has raised hopes for a future generation of medicines treating intractable diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia.” says the Wall Street Journal. But of course anything which helps the human body perform at a healthier level will eventually find it’s way into the sport.

 

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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