In the midst of Olympic contentions involving doping and high tech swimming suits giving athletes an unfair edge, the speculative fear of essentially undetectable gene doping has probably become a reality. A German television station, ARD, has announced that one of their reporters posing as a swimming coach had a Chinese doctor, the head of a gene therapy department in a Chinese hospital, offer to provide stem-cell gene therapy for athletes at $24,000 per treatment. While there was no evidence that gene therapy has been provided to any athletes, the head of the American Swimming Coaches Association claims that 50 Chinese swimmers have been put in a special program which he suspects involves illegal performance enhancing gene therapy. 

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