Olympic Talent

By Richard A. Lovett ©2007

This is a piece of flash that appeared in Nature in 2007.

Michael Hood’s quest for the 2068 Olympics began when he was six weeks old. Of course, it wasn’t 2068 at the time. It was 2041, and Michael’s parents were getting a routine assessment of his GeneChievement profile.

“Your son shows high athletic potential,” the paediatrician said. “But he’ll be even better if we fine-tune his gene expression a bit. What would you like him to be good at?”

“Not football,” said his father, whose sports career had ended in a three-way collision between himself, the East Binghamton striker and a fan carrying something that appeared to be a tuba. “How about basketball?” 

…Read more at Nature.com.