DISCOVERY OF NEW GENE DOES NOT AFFECT DRUG TESTS  Researchers of the World Anti-Doping Association is not giving much importance to the discovery of a new gene that can change the way drug tests should be conducted in international sports. The gene, UGT2B17, is said to control testosterone absorption in to the bloodstream that makes it possible for steroid levels to vary depending on ethnicity. The threshold of testosterone to epi-testosterone for violation is 4:1. Asians reportedly have lower threshold compared to Caucasians which give them an advantage when drug tests are conducted. This findings invalidates the previous drug tests conducted on international athletes.

According to Travis Tygart, chief executive for the US Anti Doping Agency, said that the important thing is that they found the gene but there is nothing new to this report. Tygart said that the WADA had known for years that this condition had been discussed. Frederick Donze, spokesman for WADA said that the agency is aware of this observation. He assured that the laboratories that conduct the tests make sure that these factors would not affect the results of the tests.

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