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How will innovations in biological science change the fairness, safety, and meaning of sports?

Leveling the Field

Professional and scholastic sports will essentially become like NASCAR, with the human body regulated the way stock cars are. The often-hypocritical stigma against self-optimization in sports will disappear as the ability to improve one’s own genetic makeup goes mainstream, thanks to gene-editing technologies like CRISPR. Safe and detectable drugs that boost key physiological factors to specific, pre-determined amounts will be legal and will level the playing field for all. Success will be determined more by character, teamwork, strategy, and the mental edge than by the genetic lottery. In this sense, sports will become a purer test than we have today.

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