What does Oscar Pistorius’s success at the Olympics mean for the…

For the first time ever in Olympic history, a double-amputee is set to race alongside able-bodied athletes. Nicknamed "Blade Runner," South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius's remarkable achievement is set to raise as much enthusiasm as it will concern. » 8/03/12 8:40am 8/03/12 8:40am

Imagining the Super-Enhanced Athlete of the Future

As the London 2012 Olympics get set to start next week, experts and fans alike are anticipating a showcase of seemingly greater-than-human performances. But with the strict prohibition against performance-enhancing drugs and gear, some sports pundits are predicting that few records will be broken — and that… » 7/20/12 10:52am 7/20/12 10:52am

Testing female athletes to make sure they’re feminine enough is not…

South African sprinter Caster Semenya created a stir a few years back on account of her "intersexed" characteristics — prompting some to demand that sporting authorities screen for these sorts of biological anomalies in the name of fairness. But a Stanford University School of Medicine bioethicist and her colleagues now … » 6/14/12 9:00am 6/14/12 9:00am