Lab on a Chip

A better method of testing for performance enhancing drugs in sports: nanobiosensors


Many athletes who want to increase their athletic prowess take drugs that are prohibited and restricted. These drugs include short or immediate acting stimulants or beta blockers, anabolic agents (steroids or human growth hormone), blood doping and masking agents. The current methods of testing for drugs include: urine tests, blood tests, saliva tests, sweat patch tests, and hair tests. All of the present methods have benefits and limitations. Specific drugs can only be detected over a certain period of time. Knowing this, athletes have developed many sophisticated tricks to avoid detections and positive results.

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