From Sweaty Towels to Genetic Stats: Stalking Athletes for their Genetic Information
Sonia M. Suter
Affiliation: George Washington University, USA.
Keywords: Genetics, Athlete, ACTN3, DTC Genetic Testing, Privacy, DNA, Athletic Statistics, GINA, Human Tissue Act of
2004, Human Genetic Examinations Act.
With recent advances in genetics, sports fans may soon have access to a new category of statistics: genetic information.
With patented correlations between genetics and athletics, and with the emergence of a growing and unregulated
market in direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) genetic testing, fans may be able to obtain an athlete’s genetic information on
their own, as long as they can access any item that may have some DNA on it. In some jurisdictions, they may even be
able to do so legally, notwithstanding the potential harms to the athletes and their privacy.
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