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New Swedish method can unlock the most hidden doping in sports
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Researchers at UmeŚ University, Sweden have developed a new technique
that can reveal blood doping that could previously escaped detection.
According to Swedish television, a research team at UmeŚ University
have developed a method where one can see the actual blood cells as if
they were frozen, which is precisely what happens when drugs are used
in a doping process. The blood cells from the patients are frozen
before the race and then injected in juts before the race.
Blood doping occurs a way to increasing the number of red blood cells
and thus increase the body's oxygen uptake. This is a shortcut for
athletes to enhance their performance during competition.
"It is not difficult to carry out blood doping in itself, one have to
have special equipment to freeze the blood and this can be
ordered," says Christer Malm, physiologist and researcher at UmeŚ
University to Swedish television.
The method developed by the researchers can reveal even the kind of
incremental blood doping, where athletes lose on a small splash at a
time - something that athletes have done to escape detection.
"Using this screening method, we can tell the difference between blood cells if they were frozen or not," says Christer Malm.
The method is first prepared and then will subsequently be able to test
blood from the winner and in theory, it may also be possible to find
traces of blood transfusions in samples from old doping tests.
By Scancomark.com Team