British anti-doping authorities to give athletes biological passports for 2012.

British anti-doping authorities will issue the country’s athletes with so-called biological passports in an effort to further deter the use of banned substances in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics.

UK Anti-Doping announced the scheme, which is similar to the one used by the International Cycling Union to monitor professional riders, on Friday in collaboration with the WADA-accredited laboratory at King’s College London.

The King’s College London Drug Control Centre is the only lab in Britain accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Traditional anti-doping tests compare the level of substances in samples against the average across an entire population. The new system of blood tests enables scientists to measure results against athletes’ individual norms to spot unusual readings.

Story from the Canadian Press via google.

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