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Sporty Science: Test Reveals Sport Child Is Born to Play

For only $149 fanatical parents can find out where their children's natural athletic talents lie, potentially securing years of enjoyable Saturday mornings on the sidelines cheering on their winning kids.

The new genetic test analyzes DNA to determine whether a child would excel more in endurance sports, such as cross country running, speed and power sports, like football and sprinting, or whether they'd be good at both.

Predetermining a kid's talents before he or she experiences athletic activities seems like it could limit chances for childhood fun. Then again, it might be better if a quarterback-turned-dad gets his disappointment out of the way early when he finds out his son is meant to be a figure skater.


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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
This kind of stuff weirds me out. People are too obsessed with their kids.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
Kids should just have fun, and I dont need a genetic test to tell me I am a horrible clutz and sports were not for me! But I had fun trying!
zeze zeze 8 years
When can we start ordering kids online? I totally want a little boy with a British accent and straight black hair.
stephley stephley 8 years
How do we know these tests are accurate? Have they done DNA tests and then as the kids grew up, divided the test subjects into kids enrolled in the sport they were genetically destined for and kids who got to choose their sport regardless of the test? And did real life results prove that the test is accurate? Cuz otherwise, seems stupid parents are just being had - and probably deserve it.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
If only I could have known about my linebacker physique ahead of time.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Pretty much what mine would say too CG...:rotfl:
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
This is just silly. Yes, you can identify if someone is better in the realm of endurance or power or whatever, but if someone really wants to do something they can train their bodies accordingly. People do it all the time. Also, being good at something does not mean you enjoy it. Not at all.
kia kia 8 years
Come on now. How accurate is this??
Roarman Roarman 8 years
This seems like a waste of scienctists time, don't they have better things to figure out? And don't parents have better things to do with $149 dollars than wasting it on a test so they can potentially be disappointed in their child from birth. Children should be able to find out what they like and are good at on their own.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
My DNA would have said "child will not play any sports, she will refuse to dress out in PE class and spend that hour up on the farthest reaches of the bleachers, hair in face reading Anne Rice and Stephen King"
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
I know all kids in one California school district must take a similar test, I think all the kids in another full country (Australia?) too - I don't think it's genetic, though. More like measuring the kid, a lot. The point is not to say don't do this, do this, but more to promote sports that the child will hopefully enjoy and keep doing for a lifetime. There isn't any reason that a child shouldn't pursue a passion that isn't on their list, but maybe parents should at least encourage them to try out something that they would probably enjoy more.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
i agree undave it is disgusting, why not allow children to enjoy every sport, instrument and let them find their weakness and their strength
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This is disgusting. Would my dad have allowed me to play basketball if this test had shown that I might not be good at basketball? Better yet, would Bobby Knight's dad allowed him to play? He wasn't the greatest player, but is arguably one of the greatest coaches in the NCAA. Would Larry Bird be a NBA hall of famer? No. The bottom line is talent alone will not make you a star. If you don't have the drive to succeed, you won't "make it" in any sport you are deemed good at.
amynah amynah 8 years
:) Funny, very funny: "...Then again, it might be better if a quarterback-turned-dad gets his disappointment out of the way early when he finds out his son is meant to be a figure skater." But honestly, parents should just let their kids be kids. Allow your child to grow and discover exactly who they were born to be and who they aspire to be; to stand by and encourage your kids to pursue that which makes THEM happy. It's part of being human. Honestly, when it comes to topics such as this, you find yourself asking: When is enough enough? At what point to we call something unethical and draw the line? All of this reminds me of the previous discussions over genetic predetermination in regards to gender and exhibited physical traits (i.e. Design Your Own Baby): male or female, blue eyes or brown eyes, blonde or brunette, tall or short, small or big nose, etc. Though this DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Baby is far more unethical and worrisome than the previous topic, we find ourselves arriving at that same point yet again: Where do we call it quits? If we let this slide, will it be a slippery slope towards cookie-cutter babies and idealized human beings (thus removing the individual qualities that make humans so incredible) reminiscent of the popular fiction novel "A Brave New World"?
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