Maria Cheng, Canadian Press


Published: Sunday, December 17, 2006

LONDON (AP) - Scientists are racing to develop a test to catch athletes who try to boost their performance by manipulating their own genes.

Though there is no proof that gene doping is already occurring, researchers say they would like to be ready ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Gene doping is an illegal spin-off of gene therapy, which typically alters a person's DNA to fight diseases like muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.