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New Role for Anti-Doping Facility

By | August 2, 2012

Once the 2012 Olympics are over, the newly established drug testing lab will be turned into the world’s leading center for metabolic phenotyping.

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Anti-Doping Research Gets Creative

By | July 27, 2012

Elite runners maintain fantastic levels of fitness, with low body fat percentages and high maximal aerobic capacity.

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Beijing Olympics a Model for Cleaner Air

By | July 27, 2012

Restrictions on motor vehicles before the 2008 Games improved the city’s air quality, suggesting similar sustained measures could greatly reduce global emissions.

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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of

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Anti-Doping Research Gets Creative

By | July 26, 2012

Scientists work hard to keep up with ever-evolving performance enhancement techniques that go undetected by existing tests.

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An Olympic Book Review

By | July 26, 2012

The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympics takes a timely look at research on athletics.

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Testing Endurance

By | July 26, 2012

Researchers follow 44 ultramarathon runners in a race across Europe to track the body's response to extreme physical challenge.

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Frankenlympics?

By | July 26, 2012

Allowing athletes to enhance their performance by using genetic engineering to manipulate their DNA may become a reality of future Olympic Games.

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Wired to Run—and Think

By | July 26, 2012

Evolving the ability to run may also have made our ancestors smarter, suggesting that exercise can be healthy for the brain as well as the body.

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Anti-doping Lab Set for Olympics

By | January 19, 2012

The most high-tech laboratory in the history of the Olympic Games is prepared to begin athlete testing in London.

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