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Dan Silkstone Biography

Senior Sport Reporter for The Age (Australia)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The breakout star of this year’s Beijing Olympics just might be a name you’ve never heard before. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the winners’ podium… Gene. Gene is neither man nor woman, athlete nor coach. Gene doping is a sophisticated method of cheating and a phrase you’ll be hearing a lot more of soon. It is the stuff of comic books – superhumans born from laboratory experiments, incredible bulk, designer viruses and alien incursions into human DNA. If it all sounds a little far-fetched, you haven’t been keeping up as science streaks past science fiction. Many experts believe gene doping is already happening and warn that tinkering with human DNA to boost performance could seriously injure or even kill those who try it. Oh, and a test to detect it is years away – perhaps as much as a decade. At stake is the integrity of sport itself. Only years after Sydney’s 2000 Olympics do we realise that the Games some dubbed ‘friendly’ were more like pharmaceutical. Many of the best-known medallists, particularly in athletics, have handed back their medals… Since Sydney, the possibilities offered by science have multiplied rapidly… we are in a new era where gold medals will be provisional and world records arrive with asterisks attached.”

“The Amazing Adventures of Gene Doping Man,” The Age, June 21, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Sport Reporter, The Age, 2007-present
  • Former Transport Reporter, The Age
  • Former Court Reporter, The Age
  • Winner with Royce Millar, Quill Award and Planning Institute of Australia Media Awards for “Off The Rails,” The Age, 2006
  • Winner, Quill Award for “Lifeblood: A Story of a Country Hospital,” 2002
  • BA, English Literature, Australian National University
  • He published a novel at age 11 and became the youngest published author in Australia
  • He edited his primary school newspaper The Saint Augustines’ Bugle