Monday, August 29, 2016


Can your body type really play that great of a role in whether I am a good athlete or not? I'd never really thought that my body type could have played a big role in my ability to be a good ski racer. I had always heard that strong thighs, bigger feet and solid build are helpful in being a good ski racer, but I would never have thought that much into it. Genetic differences can make people have more red blood cells and they don't even know it. Have 50 percent greater of a lung capacity and never training a day in their life. Mad I wish I was one of those people. It is  also a little sad to think that people who work really hard everyday to become a professional athlete can face such a huge disadvantage because of their height , weight, wig span, whether their legs are short and their torso is long or vice versa.
I had noticed in the Olympics this year there was a young woman who was part of the US sailing team and she had only been sailing since college and suddenly five years later she is sailing for the US team. I wonder if there are specific traits that make someone a better sailor, and if so if she has any of these traits. Another woman who was competing in the triathlon had only been biking since college. She was on her college cross country and track team but that never biked a day in her life and was not an avid swimmer and yet she started to bike and swim and six years later for her (I believe it was six but i am not positive) she was on a 8 straight winning streak of triathlons and on her way to the Rio Olympics.
It makes sense that certain traits would be helpful in specific events or sports but I just surprises me that it shows up so much. Or those people who have such a high lung capacity and didn't  even know it. How can that be? I also wonder if now that they have this information if it will make them want to try and train. Depending on my age I think if I got that information it would surely make me want to see if I could then become a super athlete. I also wonder if their parents have this cool ability. Whether it is a dominant or recessive gene in their families? Or maybe they are just the product of the start of a new evolutionary development. HAHA that would be cool.


The thought that genes can be edited blows my mind. All I can think about while reading this article is how a single slip up in genetic code can cause huge issues for the organism. The fact that genes will be edited and possibly stop lung cancer is incredible. But would this process only work on lung cancer? I am surprised that they aren't trying it on multiple types of cancers because maybe some cancers would be easier to treat with this gene editing. What blows my mind even more is that there is a way to edit our genes, that our genetic code could be altered. What does that mean for the future of humans? What else are we going to try and change? I hate to say it but while I was reading this article I kept thinking of Captain America. How he was this tiny little dude in the movie and then they ran all these tests and experiments on him and then he was suddenly this crazy huge and buff warrior.
What else surprises me a little bit is that we are going into human trials. Normally I feel like it takes a really long time from scientist to be allowed to test things on humans, like it is frowned upon to test on animals let alone humans. But at the same time these people have no other hope because chemotherapy is not working for them so this could be their last hope. Personally I am hoping it works because this could be a huge breakthrough for medical research everywhere.