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Probe of Lance Armstrong could shine light on elusive part of doping chain

Updated: January 27, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

A new piece slid into the kaleidoscope view of the federal probe centered on Lance Armstrong's past U.S. Postal Service teams last week -- an alleged acquisition of an experimental drug.

Sports Illustrated, citing an anonymous source, reported that investigators are looking into evidence that Armstrong had access to HemAssist, a blood substitute tested in clinical trials more than a decade ago because it was thought to have promise for trauma patients.

Armstrong's spokesman, ...

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