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Officials downplay doping test flaw

Originally Published: March 13, 2009
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine

Anti-doping officials are downplaying the results of a study released this week that found a widely used Olympic drug test is flawed because it does not account for a gene variation that helps hide testosterone.

In the study, released Wednesday, scientists from the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses examined 171 male soccer players to see if they had the variant, known as UGT2B17, which controls testosterone absorption in urine. Steroids were deliberately added to subjects' urine samples.

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