I'm sure most of our readers have heard of the recent headlines of steroid use in the MLB. The uproar of the use of steroids only sparked more interesting questions when concerning with the future of genetic engineering. People were upset and felt cheated that such athletes took performance drugs to better their game. Can the upset of steroids ban any idea of future genetically altered athletes from entering sports? It is known that steroids have some major side effects that can harm the taker. For a better look, check the ESPN special of steroids: ESPN Special On Steroids
Genetic technology is ever progressing, and every year that passes brings us even closer to the technology of genetic engineering. We already have super mice!; Marathon Mice,
So, if you have the option to choose certain traits for your children; (already taking the precautions to remove any defects and/or diseases), what will you choose? Every parent would want the best for their child. Either it be a trait that the parents believe to be beneficial, i.e. physical appearance, or a trait that is in general beneficial no matter what scenario, prolonged-memory. In addition, you can better befit your child with physical agility, such as strength, or the ability to run fast. This alterations and enhancements do not have to be linked with the parents desire to "create" an athlete, (though this can happen), but such alterations can lead a child to consider such a course. If so, what will the precautions be? At this moment I am going to drift into Lance Armstrong. My point will be seen, I assure you.
Lance Armstrong is a perfect example of a great athlete. He shares a lot of the same attributes that other bicyclist share, but one thing that he does have differently is his unique lactate levels. The average among bicyclists is between 12 and 20u L/Kg. Armstrong's level is maximum 6u L/Kg. (information found on
If genetic engineering is "perfected", and is seen as a due course of helping our children, what would happen to the legality of those enhanced. Would the law ban some individuals because they were altered prior to birth? In all honestly, I cant see the law banning this technology entirely (maybe some aspects of enhancement). Im at the moment curious as what will the law do? Will they ban altered athletes entirely, or have a separate league? Or will the law do nothing and allow such individuals to enter. Will this then require other non-enhanced athletes to comply?
There is a novel written by Kevin Joseph called The Champion Maker (2005). The story offers us a fictional look into what might occur if an exceptional athlete was found to be genetically altered. It deals with reaction and attention of the courts.