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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

jaja ~ why have you forsaken us?

sigh ...

so, the Frenchies are nailing some boys to the wall and a lot of the names we rallied around in the recent years are falling into ill repute as malefactors of la dopage.

what ya gonna do?

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Are we always going to be facing those who will alter their bodies with drugs?

Yes, i think so.

Gene doping, the nontherapeutic use of DNA and/or cells to enhance athletic performance, has the potential to offer the cheater a “souped-up,” or supercharged, body that can run faster and jump higher but whose modifications are virtually undetectable. If an athlete injects himself with additional copies of a gene already present in his body, how is one to distinguish the original from the copy? Only an expensive and invasive muscle biopsy could detect the presence of a slightly altered synthetic gene. [Duke University, Genome Director type guy]

I was reading in ProCycling (yes, i picked an $8.95 copy at Bookshop SatanCruz the other day ... 'cause it had a boss pic of Basso all DaVinci'd out ... so hot), and there was this article about gene doping and how this blah-blah researcher had seen 35 - 40% increases in strength with their test mice.

35-45% stronger?


Yeah, sport may be threatened with this uber-athlete potential ... but, to be honest ~ i'm a little more worried about super-soldiers or superDUPER corporate private armies. 60 years from now ... wonder what it'll be like?



Velo Bella said...

and yet it can be hope for sufferers of diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy.

Party at Jaja's house!

and, go get an xray

Jed said: said...

I'm a big fan of drugs.

Well, I was anyway.

shawndoggy said...

and think about more mainstream genetic mods... stuff to overcome the propensity for boredom, or philandering or psychological disorders. That's where the $$$ is.

Can't stop cheatin' on your wife? Come on in for a shot!

The American way.

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Oh, Panda think they'd at least want to be a little more subtle than doing it in their garage, you know?

At this point I feel like everyone is doing whatever they can get their hands on, but it doesn't detract from the epic romance of the sport itself. For me it almost makes the sport more accessible -- if the godly euro pros all need the juice to fly up the mountains like that, maybe my sputtering engine ain't so bad after all.

PAB said...


thanks Ov, i now have another new anxiety for my closet--it is getting pretty full in there.


oh, but i can tell you what will be happening in 60 years: you will be kicking all our butts in the masters 95+ (A) division in cyclocross. It will have become the pre-eminent sport in the New Republic....


And VB, I love how you always see the positives in everything. It is one of the things that makes you special.

Now stop it... ; )

X Bunny said...

if he went to get an XR, he'd have to go to the doctor twice in one week......

jAndy donka-donk said...

So if I save some of the DNA code for my lovin' now I can inject that later and not only wont need viagra but also will have a 35-40% increase in lovin' ability......


Nate Rogers said...

"I took all the basic things people were consuming in those days," said Roux, who raced as a professional from 1994 to 2003. "EPO, human growth hormones, cortisone. The bigger racers took things I couldn't afford. They took things such as synthetic hemoglobin, blood transfusions, things I didn't have access to."

the better you are...the better you get.

Ippoc Amic said...

oops...big mistake, retraction, not little bro was lying or must have been that drug induced pot belge made things a bit unclear...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

... or, the threat of a hundred frenchies pummeling him with fisticuffs and brie if he didn't retract.

poor lil' dopers.

Velo Bella said...

exactly how does one threaten someone with brie?