Day 47: Gene doping and athletes

19 02 2010

Who needs steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs to become a superior athlete? Now you can just alter your DNA.

According to the CNN article, “The ‘couch potato pill,’ a synthetic protein called Aicar, enhanced nonexercising rodents’ endurance on a treadmill by 44 percent after four weeks. Another was an experimental substance, GW1516, which improved endurance capability by 75 percent.” The drug’s inventor said, “It’s not what we might ideally want to think sport is, but the reality is athletes will do anything to perform better.”

True. But as tempting as it sounds, doesn’t common sense play a role somewhere in athlete’s minds? No one would be concerned about side effects? Who am I to say? I’m obviously not (nor will I ever be) an elite athlete. Hell, at this point I’ll just be excited if I can ride my bike up the hills in the local park without dropping dead.

The article goes on to mention that “there is one basic and overall problem with gene doping, at least right now. Nearly every scientist considers the method potentially deadly, primarily because the method is still largely untested in humans. It’s unclear how to stop a gene mutation once it has begun, scientists say.”

A new Hollywood horror movie coming soon to a theater near you.

Today’s starting weight: 150

Food journal:

— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal.

— Salad with ranch dressing = 163
— Turkey sandwich on whole wheat = 360
— Iced tea = 0

— Chocolate Builder Bar = 270

— 1 soft pretzel = 483

— fat free chocolate pudding cup = 60

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.




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