Mice on steroids

Long after they’ve stopped receiving steroids, mice continue to build muscle

By Stephen Ornes, 15:15 PM December 2, 2013

Taking steroids is a quick — and illegal — way for an athlete to improve muscle strength. These synthetic hormones boost the body’s ability to build muscle mass and power. That’s why sporting groups routinely test top athletes for signs they have used such doping agents to illegally enhance their performance. But a new study in mice suggests those tests may not work. The reason: Long after the body has rid itself of any sign of the drug, the effects of doping will persist.

In fact, if steroids...

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