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Isotope Fingerprints in Sports Doping

The use of performance-enhancing anabolic substances has been banned since the 1970s in competitive sports. However, substances, especially steroids, are still frequently detected and misused in sport...

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Synthetic Urine, A Clean Catch?

With the opioid crisis raging and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in nine US states and the District of Colombia, the concerns about clean drug tests are on the rise. While urine remains the...

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Achieving Accreditation in Clinical Labs

Clinical laboratories are required to comply with stringent regulations, which were introduced to ensure clinicians can obtain quality results on which to base diagnosis and treatment decisions. Howev...

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Drug-Testing in the NFL: Efficacy or Hypocrisy?

In late 2014, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) approved sweeping changes to the NFL's drug policy. In addition to testing for human growth hormone (HGH) for the first time in l...

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Should Politicians Be Drug Tested?

On April 15, 1997, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a Georgia law that required all politicians to be drug tested before being allowed on the ballot, ruling the law unconstitutional ...

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High Tech Doping: Building Better Testing “Mouse Traps”

The 103rd Tour de France 21 stage grueling cycling race begins in early July. While professional cycling season runs from January to October across all continents, 80% of TV coverage is spent on this ...

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Testing One, Two, THC: Hair Drug Analysis Using GC-MS

A report published last year by Quest Diagnostics provided an analysis of more than 10 million workplace drug test results that showed an increase in the percentage of American workers who tested posi...

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How to Stay Young

I was inspired to write the article following a couple of programmes with the same title recently on the BBC. I was alerted to watching them as the first programme contained my PhD supervisor Professo...

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Admiring the Architecture of the Building Blocks of Life

After almost a decade of studying and analysing proteins I’ve often found myself trying to explain to people “Why proteins?” What’s all the fuss about?I recently came across this video produced for th...

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The Power of Clinical Diagnostics and Who’s Behind It

Medical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Laboratory tests help determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease and monitor the effec...

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Why Do Some Drug Trials Kill?

The Modern Pharmaceutical Machine Modern pharmaceuticals have a huge impact on the health and well-being of patients and their caregivers by slowing or preventing disease, alleviating symptoms, and in...

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Guiding the Sweet Revolution in Glycomics

There’s been a lot of interest recently in the study of glycans and glycoforms, such as proteins and peptides that have glycans attached to them. The analysis of glycans (also known as carbohydrates, ...

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