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Genetic engineering the next big thing in sport


January 20, 2004

The war on the use of drugs in sport might have won a few skirmishes in Athens, but one gets the impression that the fight for fairness will soon be fighting on many new fronts - combating the use of genetic engineering in sport. If technology continues to advance at current rates, at which point will we recognise that the effective policing of athletic fairness has become impossible.

A story in New Scientist magazine this week tells of the gentic engineering project which produced Marathon mice - mice capable as running twice as far as normal mice. Drugs that might have a similar effect are already being tested on humans, raising fears that athletes might soon have a new very effective ways to cheat.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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