Friday, May 23, 2003

Gene technology in elite sports, Sweden

International Conference on Gene Technology in Elite Sports,
22/23 May, 2003 University of Sports at Stockholm,

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg organises an international conference on gene technology in Elite Sports, in collaboration with the University of Sports at Stockholm, and the Center for Sport Studies in Gothenburg. The conference is supported by the Swedish Council of Medicine, section for Medicine.

The following persons have already confirmed their participation:
Ruth Chadwick, Julian Savulescu, Torbjörn Tännsjö, Christian Munthe, Sigmund Loland (Norwegian University of Sports), Arne Ljungqvist (Wada and IOC), Bengt Saltin, Lincoln Alison.

For information about the conference, please contact Claudio Tamburrini

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Australian Law Reforms Commission

The ALRC has just published its 1,000 page report on the legal aspects of using genetic information, 'Essentially Yours'. One entire section of this is dedicated to considering the legal/ethical aspects of how genetic info might be used in sport. The central concerns are whether sports authorities would be entitled to request such information and how it might be used as a way of excluding genetically risky people from participation. The report also highlights the prospect of identifying 'performance genes' and how these might also lead to new methods of talent identification. Selecting the next generation of elite winners might soon be based on a genetic profile rather than going out and watching kids play.