Bioethics, Genetics and Sport

Bioethics, Genetics and Sport

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Advances in genetics and related biotechnologies are having a profound effect on sport and raising important ethical questions. Drawing on real case studies and grounded in rigorous science and an ethical critique of current practice and developments, this book explores the intersection of genetics, ethics and sport. It introduces key terms such as gene doping, gene therapy and eugenics, and explores issues such as the genetic basis of sport performance and the role of genetic testing in talent development. Distinguishing feasible scientific scenarios from science fiction, this is fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the ethics of sport, bioethics or sport performance. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138892246
  • 9781138892248

About Mike Mcnamee

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, UK. Silvia Camporesi is Lecturer in Bioethics and Society in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King's College London, more

Table of contents

Introduction: Genetic Interventions in Medicine and Sport: Between therapy and enhancement Part 1: State of the Art and Science and Regulations 1. Nomenclature: From Genetic Engineering to Eugenics: Analysis of key terms of the debates 2. Gene Enhancement: What are the Feasible Targets? 3. The Genetic Basis of Elite Sport Performance ("the biological basis of a champion" thesis): A review of the science and of the nature versus nurture debate 4. Genetic Technologies to Enhance Athletic Performance and the World Anti-Doping Criteria for Inclusion of a Substance in the Prohibited List: A policy perspective 5. The ‘Resurgence’ of Eugenics?: A historical perspective into the improvement of human capacities and its place in sport Part 2: Ethics: Case Studies 6. Gene Transfer and Gene Doping: The case of raising the tolerance to pain 7. Genetic Testing for Talent Identification and Development 8. Is there (an)other Role for Genetic Testing in Sport?: Genetic screening for injury prevention 9. Genetics and Gender: The case of Caster Semenya and its aftermath 10. Genetic Technologies and the Construction of the Categories in Sport: Towards a blurring of the Olympic/Paralympic distinction? Epilogue 11. Between Genetics and Eugenics: Making sense of the future sportshow more