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The Night Olympic Team: Fighting to Keep Drugs Out of the Games.

THE NIGHT OLYMPIC TEAM: Fighting to Keep Drugs Out of the Games CAROLINE HATRON

Steven Elliott, who led the Amgen team that created the endurance-boosting drug NESP (also known as darbepoetin alfa and Aranesp), was shocked at the results of drug tests taken from athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Hatton--a scientist who has worked in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Olympic Lab--recounts the discovery of extensive doping during the 2002 Winter Olympics. After confirming that some athletes' urine samples indeed showed traces of NESP, the director of the UCLA lab, Don Catlin, sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Hatton asks lab scientists how they felt about spoiling some Olympic near-wins. "Proud!" exclaims one scientist involved in the testing. In this book geared toward adolescents, Hatton relays the science and politics behind the trials of science sleuths who catch sports cheats. Boyds Mills Press, 2008, 56 p., color illus., hardcover, $17.95.

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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Apr 5, 2008
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