What if you could hack your DNA to run faster, jump higher or become stronger?


The Economist investigates what has been smoldering as a theoretical possibility for the last decade – namely – the concept of gene doping. The advanced medical technology that could help athletes recover from injuries, but could also be used by drug cheats to beat the competition.

Scientists themselves, as well as bodies including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, started discussing the risk of gene doping in 2001, and by 2003 WADA had added gene doping to the list of banned doping practices, and shortly thereafter began funding research on methods to detect gene doping. But as of April 2015, there is no evidence that gene doping has been used for athletic performance enhancement in any sporting events.