Gene editing may eventually bring superhuman athletes

Usain Bolt Olympics

At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, some of the fastest and strongest people in the world showed us what humans in peak physical condition can accomplish.

But we’re not even close to peak human performance, according to Stephen Hsu….[who] argues that athletes like Bolt represent our current-day genetic outliers, people who are so uniquely adapted for their sports that they leave their competition in the dust….

Hsu thinks that we’re headed towards a future where we’ll be choosing preferred genetic variants for our children soon. Not long after that, he thinks we could start actually editing our DNA to achieve optimal variants….

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For now, we still don’t actually know that genetic manipulation will lead to better athletes. It certainly seems like a real possibility, and we know that sports officials are already concerned about gene doping….

[W]e could be getting closer to the post-human era, where we modify our own genetics to the point that we’re less recognizably “human” than ever before.

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Humans of the future could be much faster than Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps

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