Tarnished medals: Will genetic engineering change the Olympics?

Will the Olympics as we know it survive genetic engineering?

That seems to be the question behind a new opinion piece in this week’s journal Nature. As scientists uncover the genes that help people become world-class sprinters or record-breaking skiers, the idea that medals are won with just hard work, sweat and tears begins to feel outdated, according to the authors.

“When you start sequencing [the genes] of lots and lots of human beings, what we’re going to find out is that we’re more different than people had realized,” said Steve Gullans, a managing director of Excel Venture Management in Boston, who co-wrote the piece with his colleague Juan Enriquez.

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