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Gene Doping in Sports - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120176519, 9780080463476

Gene Doping in Sports, Volume 51

1st Edition

The Science and Ethics of Genetically Modified Athletes

Editor: Angela Schneider
Serial Editor: Theodore Friedmann
eBook ISBN: 9780080463476
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120176519
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th March 2006
Page Count: 128
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Table of Contents

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


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.


Sports scientists and physicians, regulatory officials, athletes, bioethicists, and all others with an interest in the impact of drugs on sports and society.


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About the Editor

Angela Schneider

About the Serial Editor

Theodore Friedmann

School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, USA

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School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, USA