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Sports and gene "doping"

Genetic Crossroads
September 29th, 2005

Jose Canseco
Jose Canseco

Sports and gene "doping": On the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU public radio in Washington, D.C., the Center's Osagie Obasogie joined former all-star baseball player Jose Canseco, World Anti-Doping Agency Chair Richard Pound, and other sports doping experts to talk about genetic enhancement of athletes and its implications for the sports industry and society. Canseco made several statements supporting not just gene doping in athletics, but also the inevitable development of “super human beings.” He also argued that “the government is very much of afraid of seeing these super human beings walking around.” Canseco's explicit advocacy is further demonstration that adopting effective regulation and oversight for the emerging genetic technologies is long overdue.


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