Is this the future of doping in professional sports?
Posted Dec 09 2009 8:57am
(This Belgian Blue cow was bread with a myostatin blocking predisposition)
Here's something that you probably didn't know.
If you block myostatin in monkeys it will lead to skeletal muscle growth with few or no discernible negative side effects. Myostatin is the protein that helps mammals regulate muscle building,
acting as a signal for muscles to stop consuming resources and stop
growing. Blocking myostatin leads to enhanced muscle strength and
continuous muscle growth," according to SingularityHub.com.
A recently published study in the Journal of Science Translation has some wondering if blocking myostatin in humans is not the future of doping in professional sports.
"Using gene therapy, NCH scientists were able to get follistatin (a
myostatin blocker) to promote phenomenal muscle growth in the
quadriceps of macaque monkeys. NCH is now working with the FDA to
perform the preliminary steps necessary for a human clinical trial. We
could see a superman gene therapy available in the next decade," SingularityHub.com goes on to report.
Is it just a matter of time before we see not just superman gene therapy, but superman professional athletes?