A Race to the Starting Line.

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  • Author(s): Vogel, Gretchen
  • Source:
    Science. 7/30/2004, Vol. 305 Issue 5684, p632-635. 4p.
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    • Abstract:
      Until 1989 officials of the German Democratic Republic tested their athletes here to certify them as drug-free before international competitions. Many of the East German athletes, both men and women, were systematically doped up with testosterone and other anabolic steroids, often without their knowledge. Dopers are getting better at covering their tracks, forcing researchers to invent new techniques to detect ever more subtle uses of synthetic chemicals or proteins that boost the body's ability to build muscle, shed fat, or carry oxygen. INSET: Mighty Mice: Inspiration for Rogue Athletes?.