Gentically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping & Sport

Gentically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping & Sport

Gentically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping & Sport

Gentically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping & Sport


In a provocative analysis of sport ethics and human values, Genetically Modified Athletes imagines the brave new world of sport. The internationally acclaimed book examines this issue at a crucial time in its theorisation, questioning the very cornerstone of sporting and medical ethics, asking whether sporting authorities can, or even should, protect sport from genetic modification. Thisnbsp;book brings together sport studies and bioethics to challenge our understanding of the values that define sport. We already allow that athletes can optimise their performance by the use of technologies; without wishing to assert that 'anything goes' in sports performance enhancement, Andy Miah argues that simply being human matters in sport and that genetic modification does not have to challenge this capacity. Genetically Modifies Athletes includes examination of: * the concept of 'good sport' and the definition of cheating * the doped athlete - should we be more sympathetic? * the role of the medical industry * the usefulness (or not) of the terms 'doping' and 'anti-doping'. An important and growing field of interest, this book should be read by students, academics and practitioners.


The Ethics and Sport series is the first of its kind in the world. Our central aims are to support and contribute to the development of the serious study of ethical issues in sport, and shape international debates on sports ethics in policy and practice, and indeed to the establishing of Sports Ethics as a legitimate discipline in its own right.

Whilst academics and devotees of sport have long debated ethical issues such as cheating, doping, violence, exploitation, inequality, the nature and demands of fair play, and so on, they have rarely been explored systematically in extended discussion.

Given the logical basis of ethics at the heart of sport as a practical activity, every important and topical issue in sport necessarily has an ethical dimension - and often the ethical dimension is of overwhelming significance. The series addresses a variety of both perennial and contemporary issues in this rapidly expanding field, aiming to engage the community of teachers, researchers and professionals, as well as the general reader.

Philosophical ethics may be seen both as a theoretical academic discipline and as an ordinary everyday activity contributing to conversation, journalism, and practical decision-making. The series aims to bridge that gap by addressing the shared interests that exist between these otherwise disparate communities. Academic disciplines will be brought to bear on the practical issues of the day, illuminating them and exploring strategies for problem-solving. A philosophical interest in ethical issues may also be complemented, broadened and/or challenged by research within related disciplines in the natural and social sciences and the humanities, and some volumes aim to make these links directly.

The series aims to encourage critical reflection on the practices of sport, and to stimulate professional evaluation and development. Each volume will explore new work relating to philosophical ethics and the study of ethical issues in the social and cultural context of sport. Each will be different in scope, appeal, focus and treatment, but a balance will be sought within the series between local and international focus, perennial and contemporary issues, levels of audience, teaching and research applications, and variety of practical and professional concerns.

In the first two edited volumes of this series, a range of issues was explored, addressing issues central to the philosophical exploration of sports ethics as a

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