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Sport and Genomics

Edited by
Prof. Dr. Arno Müller, University of Leipzig, Germany

The focus of this special issue is on questions around genetic testing/screening, especially in preventive genetic testing as a diagnostic tool to identify hereditary health risks that could have severe consequences if undetected in athletes. However, preventive/diagnostic applications are sometimes hard to distinguish from enhancing measures, especially when we are talking about sports. As a matter of fact, it seems as if sports serves as the ideal playground for genomics in order to test outcomes in real life. The possibilities range from apparently ethically tolerable applications (preventive genetic testing), to ethically unacceptable measures (gene doping).
With this special issue material for future discourse and future policy making (including guidelines and recommendations) in this area is provided. 

  1. Article

    Genetic tests in sports medicine - many studies, little impact

    Genetic research in sports has a history of more than 40 years of endeavouring to find out which genetic factors can predict the performance of an athlete. With increasing knowledge of the human genome and ava...

    Sabine Rudnik-Schöneborn

    Genomics, Society and Policy 2012 8:13

    Published on: 15 May 2012

  2. Article

    Genetics, genetic testing and sports: Aspects from sports cardiology

    There is a major trade-off between improvements in longevity, general health, fitness and quality of life due to regular intense physical activity on the one hand and possible cardiac risks on the other hand, ...

    Herbert Löllgen and Ruth Löllgen

    Genomics, Society and Policy 2012 8:32

    Published on: 15 May 2012

  3. Editorial


    Arno Müller

    Genomics, Society and Policy 2012 8:01

    Published on: 15 May 2012