Scientists devise tests for gene doping; Experts call it ‘major breakthrough’

By Stephen Wilson, AP
Friday, September 3, 2010

WADA reports breakthrough in gene doping tests

LONDON — Two groups of scientists have developed tests for gene doping in what the World Anti-Doping Agency hails as a major breakthrough in fighting the next round of cheating in sports.

Scientists in Germany said they have come up with a blood test that can provide “conclusive proof” of gene doping, even going back as far as 56 days from when the doping took place.

And a U.S.-French research team has devised its own method for detecting genetic doping in muscles.

The discoveries raise the possibility that a valid gene-doping test can be implemented by the 2012 London Olympics.

Gene doping is the practice of using genetic engineering to artificially enhance athletic performance. The method is banned by WADA and the International Olympic Committee.

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