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Gene doping sneaks into the sports cheating arena

Apr 17, 2018, 7:52 AM EDT
The WADA to ask all the Olympians to submit their genetic codes.
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Athletes more often than not outsmart doping regulators, a few notable examples being Lance Armstrong, Ben Johnson and Manny Ramirez. While detecting the presence of a foreign performance-enhancing drug in sports person's body in itself is tricky, a new hack in the form of gene doping could be silently creeping into the arena.

Athletes with purposely, synthetically altered genes could be a reality in near future, a concern that has prompted the WADA to ask all the Olympians to submit their genetic codes, notes Futurism.

The gene transfer and modification to boost performance is still a complex process, but what alarms the sports fraternity is the prospect that cheating athletes may slip under the radar much more easily, reports CNN.