It's getting much harder to cheat at sports these days. Urine tests have been re-calibrated to look for the cream and the clear, blood tests check for the presence of excessive oxygen, and you spitballers? Yeah, they're on to you, too. But a new breakthrough in gene therapy may allow athletes to skip the steroids in favor of adding muscles from the DNA up.
Needless to say, with professional athletes showing a willingness to inject red blood cells, take copious amounts of speed, and ingest whatever their cousin just brought back from the Dominican Republic, worries have already cropped up that this breakthrough will find its way into the world of sports.
The World Anti-Doping Authority has already outlawed gene doping, but then again, steroids were also banned when superstars like Floyd Landis and A-Rod took them.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.