Will the Genetic Screening of Athletes Change Sport as We Know It?

September 10, 2019

(The Conversation) – Since the first mapping of the human genome there has been interest in understanding which genetic factors underpin performance in sport.  With the rise of genetic testing among athletes, it remains to be seen exactly how the world of elite sport will be affected. Last year the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology revealed China will use genetic testing on its athletes ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, incorporating it into the official athlete selection process. Concerns are mounting as the falling cost of genetic testing lead to worldwide interest in commercialising it. This is resulting in more direct-to-consumer tests being offered, without input from medical practitioners or genetic counselling.