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Don't Be A [Gene] Doper

Posted Jul. 29, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors

Don't Be A [Gene] Doper

Athletes are seeking a new, controversial technology that may make it possible to alter their DNA, allowing them to run faster or hit harder. Genetically manipulating a person's genes can be fatal – gene therapy experiments have ended in death. Yet athletes have already approached scientists asking for this technology to give them an extra edge. Chinese doctors are providing current Olympic athletes with new gene doping methods.

Professional sports organizations in the U.S. do not yet prohibit gene doping. Friends of the Earth has contacted these organizations to encourage them to come out against gene doping, especially since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited gene doping in 2003, which bans Olympic athletes from using this dangerous technology.

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