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Don't Forget To Bring A Good Pair Of Genes For This Summer's Games

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All of the exciting moments we may remember from previous Olympic events may not compare to what looks like will be a very promising edition of the 1st annual 2080 Summer Hyperolympic Games which is set to take place in beautiful Athens, Greece this forthcoming August.
Fans eagerly await the likes of genetically engineered athletes including the American, Metta Sintric, with his dolphin-like abilities in the water, Milan Gaster, the Italian, the favorite to win the men’s cycling title, as well as Dolli, the Brazilian who has been deemed the favorite to win the women’s tennis tournament. These, as well as other, extravagant genetically superior human beings will take to the stage battle it out in 37 different sporting events this upcoming summer; the differences in their abilities being only marginal.
We should expect a summer filled with high speed and high intensity sporting. Recall, this has been the first year that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted permission for genetically modified individuals to participate in the summer games. Much debate had been instigated in previous years before arriving at the verdict two summers ago. The move automatically disqualified genetically unaltered human beings, thus, delivering a major blow to their Olympic dreams. The decision taken by the IOC, however, allows normal human beings to qualify after they have had their genome manipulated to standards outlined in section 128.3.c of the Proposal for the Establishment and Regulation of the Summer Hyperolympic Games (2076) which was passed and granted by the IOC in 2078. Strict adherence to these requirements stands for genetically modified individuals as well. Athletes wishing to participate in the summer games must complete a stern screening process which includes a lengthy physical exam, doping lab screening, and a genome audit done via a high quality DNA sequencer and analysis executed by a top bioinformatician selected by the IOC.
Certain mutations and manipulations to the gene code have been prohibited. These limitations are outlined in section 129.1.a of the proposal. One of these restrictions includes the insertion of the SRY gene in females so that they may unjustly produce more testosterone (Pierce ). Seeing as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome has become nearly extinct in today’s world, due to the magnificent advances in genetic engineering, all women are able to qualify for the games, so long as they abide by other guidelines involving genetic modification. The NR3C4 gene, which is responsible for testosterone receptors on the nuclei of cells, has also been precluded from being manipulated in females (Brinkmann 1). The gene responsible for human polydactyl has also been banned from being implemented. Polydactyl is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder in which an individual possesses more than five fingers or toes (Pierce ). Specifically, in the swimming events, the gene responsible for syndactyly, which is inherited via an...

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