Sunday, August 10, 2008

Life's Little Mysteries - What is Blood Doping? "Once any starting gun is fired at an Olympic event in Beijing, every split second counts to the elite athletes. And that's where blood doping comes in, particularly in endurance sports.
Blood doping refers to a handful of techniques used to increase an individual's oxygen-carrying red blood cells, and in turn, improve athletic performance. The most commonly used types of blood doping include injections of erythropoietin (EPO), injections with synthetic chemicals that can carry oxygen, and blood transfusions, all of which are prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances and Methods."

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