Worried About PEDs? How About Gene Doping?


In 2004, the academic Lincoln Allison wrote a provocative essay questioning the ban against performance-enhancing drugs. Apart from being ineffectual, he argued, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s pursuit of dopers ran contrary to the ideal of Citius, Altius, Fortius – Faster, Higher, Stronger.

nstinctively, most sports fans rejected Allison’s position as high treason. Even the author himself now admits that he was playing devil’s advocate, out of frustration at the simplistic positions occupied by so many administrators.

Yet this debate will surely be revived by the recent wave of doping stories, from Lance Armstrong’s confession, to the Australian Crime Commission’s revelations about “widespread” use of PEDs across the national sporting...

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