Gene Doping in Sports: The Science and Ethics of Genetically Modified Athletes

Gene Doping in Sports: The Science and Ethics of Genetically Modified Athletes

by Angela J. Schneider
     
 

ISBN-10: 0120176513

ISBN-13: 9780120176519

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Advances in genetics have begun to deliver on their promise of new and improved approaches to the prevention and treatment of human disease, including the gene-based therapeutics. The international sports community has begun to recognize the potential harmful use of gene transfer technology by athletes. The task of monitoring and controlling sports doping must be a

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Advances in genetics have begun to deliver on their promise of new and improved approaches to the prevention and treatment of human disease, including the gene-based therapeutics. The international sports community has begun to recognize the potential harmful use of gene transfer technology by athletes. The task of monitoring and controlling sports doping must be a truly cooperative effort, involving the cooperation of a range of local, national, and international organizations. There are very serious broad social and ethical issues at stake that relate to our definition of sports and its role in our society, as well as the social and ethical principles that are challenged or breached through sport doping, determining which forms of performance enhancement - in sport or any other realm of human activity - are acceptable, and what makes the enhancement of sport performance different from enhancement in other areas of human activity (e.g., cosmetic surgery, mood and learning enhancement through drugs, and drug-based “treatment” of physical and intellectual changes in normal aging process). This book tackles all these issues and more, serving as the first such focused treatment of this increasingly important topic, which has broad-based implications for science, medicine, sports, and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780120176519
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Advances in Genetics Series
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
0.44(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Scientific Basis for Gene Transfer
Success and Problems in Early Gene Transfer Experiments
Ethics and Oversight in Clinical Trials
Drugs and Genes in Sport
International Cooperation and Regulation: The Banbury Workshop (2002)
The Ethical Framework in Sport
Sport and Humanness
The Athlete's Perspective

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