Athletics and Genetics

How might genetic testing impact and transform the nature of athletic sports? After reading a New York Times article on genetic testing for children to determine athletic ability, class members are broken into groups and take on the roles of parents, students, and doctors in various hypothetical scenarios involving such testing. They then draw on their conversations and reading to have a discussion on the usefulness and possible consequences of genetic testing to predict performance.

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