Beating the dope cheats

The World Anti-Doping Agency has developed a test that can spot DMT, desoxy-methyl-testosterone. The compound is similar to THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone, and might be used by sports people preparing for events in order to enhance performance. The announcement of a simple test for detecting it will, however, act as a pre-emptive victory against drug cheats, says WADA. WADA science director Olivier Rabin says there is no evidence anyone is yet using DMT, "Probably in this case we are ahead of the dopers," he told a press conference on February 1.