Olympian test

Four years of research at Southampton University, England, has led to the development of a new type of test for spotting illicit drug use in athletes, just in time for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The test will be able to screen athletes for abuse of HGH, Human Growth Hormone abuse. HGH stimulates bone and muscle growth and has been the boost of choice for unscrupulous athletes and their trainers since the 1980s. It was finally banned by the International Olympic Committee in 1989. The test is completed in two parts taking urine and blood samples from random athletes within an hour of the end of each event. The first analysis will be done in Athens to demonstrate use of HGH in the prior 36 hours. The second analysis will be carried out in England and will reveal HGH use in the previous 84 days.