CRISPR and the Super Athlete

CRISPR and the Super Athlete
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CRISPR and the Super Athlete

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youth sports 1526420760 300733538 CRISPR and the Super AthleteBy Dev Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Key Points: 

A gene editing technique called CRISPR offers amazing possibilities to cure genetic diseases
It also offers the possibility to manipulate a genome to improve athletic performance
Athletic performance as a whole is a result of multiple complex interactions between genetics, environment, and training
My belief is that two specific gene manipulations are likely to show up soon in athletes who wish to cheat at strength and endurance sports

CRISPR, or CRISPR-Cas9, is a technique that allows genetic scientists to edit specific parts of a person’s genome by removing or altering sections of DNA — also known as gene editing…

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