Today, I was in Cambridge at Corpus Christi for a debate about human enhancement and sport.
Within the line up were Dr Alun Williams, Dr Thomas Petersen and world record breaking Paralympian gold medal winner Clare Cunningham, chaired by Michele Verroken
It was part of their ‘Triple Helix’ seminar series. Here was their brief:
“Hormones, vitamins, stimulants and depressives are oils upon the creaky
machinery of life. Principal item, however, is the machinery.” Martin H.
Sport is about pushing the human body as far as is physically possible. But
what about scientific advancements that can surpass these limitations? The
expanding spheres of molecular biology and materials science give more
possibilities to extend human strength and endurance. To confuse issues
further, there are a whole host of legal supplements that can enhance
performance, and technology is improving sports equipment not just humans.
In the second of two debates examining human enhancement, join our panel of
experts to discuss the impact science is having and will have on sport: