Gene Dopìng

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  1. sopas

    sopas New Member

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    Hello all,

    Has anybody ever heard of Gene Doping? I read somewhere that it may be the future of the doping in very few years. Or perhaps some athletes are already doing it???
     
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  2. plectrum

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    Well to a certain extent gen.4 EPO is thought to be a virus that tells your body to create more natural epo, so in a way this is 1/2 way to actually altering your genetics.

    I doubt that genetic engineering will be viewed as leisurely by the authorities outside sport as basic doping is.

    Anyway, even though doping was still prevalent during this year's tour I'm on the side of the fence who chooses to believe that it was cleaner than certain year's in the past.
     
  3. Crankyfeet

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    The unfortunate side effect of the peloton getting cleaner is the obvious point that doping becomes more advantageous.

    The upside though is that the dopers now seem to stand out more obviously than before.

    Is gene doping done antenatal? Or can a person's genes be adjusted after birth?
     
  4. stilesiii

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    Can be adjusted after birth.

    I read somewhere that many European footballers have started to keep the umbilical cords of their children to harvest the stem cells. It is beleived that in the not so distant future, these stem cells can be used in gene therapy, tissue replacement, ect.

    I think that in the not to distant future, scientest will be able to synthesize hormones from our own stem cells/DNA which will make detection of doping impossible. All hormones will appear natural and indistinguishable.

    We are moving toward a crazy world.

    However, we will have no boring Tours:eek:
     
  5. Malkmus

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    Yeah right. Next you will be telling me that these guys are using cow blood.
     
  6. Crankyfeet

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    Stay on topic please. This thread is about doping using Gene Simmons' blood.
     
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    Actually. There are a few guys on my team that study genetics. One of the guys has gained notariety for altering the genes of mice so they don't age. Lots of young looking guys on the team. Hmmm.
     
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    Oh great. Now we can look forward to Lance winning 238 TdF's in a row... [​IMG]
     
  9. earth_dweller

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    and then finally he'll really be the most tested athlete
     
  10. Crankyfeet

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    ROTFLMFAO... [​IMG]
     
  11. sopas

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    The question is: is gene therapy this safe? If it is then it should be legal.

    I mean, the fight against doping and all anti-doping measures are supposed to be made to protect the health of athlets, and not for the sake of doing it.

    If you can alter your genes so you get less tired, and that method is healthy and doesn't have any side effects like EPO, steroids, etc, then, why not?

    Look at this from another point of view: A guy who losses hair and is going bald because of his hereditary genes, and because of gene therapy he doesn't lose hair anymore. Or a guy whose family has a record of developing cancer, etc.

    The only moral objection I have is that all athlets would become like machines and sporting events would become less interesting, because nothing "unexpected" would happen.
     
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  13. sopas

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    Wow!! After reading that article I wonder is Gene Doping has already been used.
     
  14. cynic

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    But not the most testes.
     
  15. Crankyfeet

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    No... tha's the Most Testeed athlete. He only wins that when he is on exhibition rides with his groupie supporters. House/Casa can verify that.
     
  16. cynic

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    Sounds like more of a "full contact" event as opposed to conventional riding
     
  17. Crankyfeet

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    No... they just count gonads.
     
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