Genetics, Science Fiction and the Ethics of Athletic Enhancement

Authored by: W. Miller Brown

Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829809
eBook ISBN: 9780203466261
Adobe ISBN: 9781134119141

10.4324/9780203466261.ch23

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Abstract

Behind every sport is a story about genetics. Not a story about the science of genetics, or even a self-conscious awareness of the genetic basis of much that distinguishes athletes (as it does for the rest of us). But in the selection of players, in the rules of our games, and in the biases that sprinkle sports history, genetics lurks as a hidden factor. It is only in the past hundred or so years that the genetic basis of our athletic profiles and abilities has become evident. And only in the last 50 or so years have we imagined that we could begin to control the genetic determinants of athletic prowess.

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