The Promise and Challenges of Sports Genetics
Genetic research in sports is currently making great strides. A soccer team in Japan has found results in tailoring training regimens to players' genetic makeup. While there are beneficial findings for disease prevention, like the link between comorbidity and severe cases of COVID-19, there is also the risk of using the "blueprints of life" for not so altruistic purposes. A close examination of both the technology and ethics at the forefront of sports genomics.
The members of a soccer team pursue training regimens tailored to their unique genetic profiles.
There are also widespread concerns about potential improper use of genetic technology, from doping in sports to designer babies.
Fuku Noriyuki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University
Takemura Mizuho, Associate Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Nihon Fukushi University