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The Coming Era of Gene Doping?

August 29, 2016

(Undark Magazine) – For the first time in Olympic history, the World Anti-Doping Agency — the international foundation charged with keeping performance-enhancing drugs out of professional sports — began testing athletes in Rio for evidence that they had tried to alter their genes to gain a competitive advantage. It’s something that officials have been anticipating for some time, and while there’s no real evidence that athletes are genetically modifying themselves to enhance speed, strength, or endurance, regulators are eager to get ahead of so-called gene doping — a problem that they see as inevitable in the age of genetic engineering.

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