Chromatography and Sports Doping

September 9, 2007

The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, TX) published an article about the random testing of high school student-athletes in the Texas public school system. The article is entitled "No Steroid Test is Foolproof" and focuses on the process of drug testing using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS).

The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, TX) published an article about the random testing of high school student-athletes in the Texas public school system. The article is entitled "No Steroid Test is Foolproof" and focuses on the process of drug testing using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS).

Detection of banned substances such as steroids and HGH in sports is a growing segment of the bioseparations industry. Techniques for detecting these substances are continuously evolving and becoming more sophisticated. There are some substances such as human growth hormone (HGH) that efficient separation techniques have yet to be developed.

LCGC technical editor Steve Brown recently answered a reader's question about which chromatographic techniques are used in sports doping in a recent Ask the Editor column. LCGC associate editor Andrew Wiecek discussed the future of steroids detection by LC-MS in urine samples in LCGC's coverage of Pittcon 2007.