Athletes are seeking a new, controversial technology that may make it possible to alter their DNA, allowing them to run faster or hit harder. Genetically manipulating a person's genes can be fatal – gene therapy experiments have ended in death. Yet athletes have already approached scientists asking for this technology to give them an extra edge. Chinese doctors are providing current Olympic athletes with new gene doping methods. Professional sports organizations in the U.S. do not yet prohibit gene doping. Friends of the Earth has contacted these organizations to encourage them to come out against gene doping, especially since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited gene doping in 2003, which bans Olympic athletes from using this dangerous technology.
Bill draws support from diverse coalition concerned about ethics and safety
Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) introduced the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act on Thursday, November 15, a bill that makes creating part human, part animal beings illegal.
Currently there is no regulation or oversight for the creation of human-animal hybrids. This bill would prohibit combining human and animal eggs and sperm to create a hybrid embryo, inserting animal DNA into a human embryo, and creating an animal with human reproductive organs or a human brain.