Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Cat and Mouse Game

PostedMarch 18, 2005

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Designer steroids—created in the lab and not existing in nature—are made to evade tests looking for the usual chemical suspects.  As chemists engineer a wider net, some athletes are hoping for technologies that would insert new genes right into their own DNA, thinking their performance enhancing products will appear natural.  It's not only illegal, but dangerous, says Ted Friedman, a University of California gene therapy pioneer.  And he's confident that any bigger muscles will also be accompanied by tell-tale by-products of gene doping that could be spotted in blood.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.