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Testing Children for “Sports” Gene?

Posted Dec 02 2008 2:50am

This is pretty controversial in essence, if you have ever watched parent already getting pretty steamed up at baseball and soccer games, so next we could easily have some heated discussions on how long each child can play with parents feuding over who’s child has the best gene in the bunch and who would have more playing time, based on the $149.00 test that is available. 

Loving parents might work every angle, including genes in the future.  BD

BOULDER, Colo. — When Donna Campiglia learned recently that a genetic test might be able to determine which sports suit the talents of her 2 ½-year-old son, Noah , she instantly said, Where can I get it and how much does it cost?

In this era of genetic testing, DNA is being analyzed to determine predispositions to disease, but experts raise serious questions about marketing it as a first step in finding a child’s sports niche, which some parents consider the road to a college scholarship or a career as a professional athlete.

Atlas executives acknowledge that their test has limitations but say that it could provide guidelines for placing youngsters in sports. The company is focused on testing children from infancy to about 8 years old because physical tests to gauge future sports performance at that age are, at best, unreliable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/sports/30genetics.html?pagewanted=1&hp

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