Thinking about the future of DNA technology can be mind-boggling, not to mention fraught with moral issues that we need to take into consideration as we move to a more mutable human race.
Most of the advantages professional athletes have over us regular people are down to the extraordinary amounts of effort they put into preparing their bodies to perform at their sport or activity. But it cannot be denied that genetics play a major role in separating the pro-sports wheat from the enthusiast crowd chaff. One popular example is US swimmer and water god serial medalist Michael Phelps. His body features some surprising traits that nobody could really train for.
So what if we could genetically engineer the next Michael Phelps, (or any other legendary athlete) to excel at an intended sport? Is that possible, and perhaps more importantly, is it desirable?