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Growth Hormone Test Finally Nabs First Doper

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Science  05 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5970, pp. 1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5970.1185

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UK Anti-Doping announced last week that rugby player Terry Newton is the first athlete caught by a blood test designed to detect doping with human growth hormone (HGH) to boost muscle mass. The positive test, for which Newton has accepted a 2-year ban from rugby, represents a warning to athletes who may have thought HGH use was undetectable, and it also erases lingering doubts about the test among scientists.