Scientists develop insulin doping test

According to the United Press International, German scientists have come up with a test that can detect insulin doping in athletes. A team of scientists led by Mario Thevis of the German Sport University in Cologne have developed the test to detect certain forms of insulin thought to be used by athletes to boost their performance. "Determination of long-acting insulin analogues in urine is of utmost interest for doping control purposes," the researchers said

The team used urine from volunteers, including some athletes with diabetes, to identify degradation products of a widely used form of insulin, Lantus insulin. Using urine samples from volunteers, including athletes with diabetes, the scientists in the new research were able to identify degradation products from long-acting drug, Lantus insulin, but could not detect other long-acting forms.

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