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Biomaterials by Brian J. Love

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Chapter 15

Special Topics

Assays Applied to Both Health and Sports

Abstract

It is clear that the more we know about how growth factors mediate modern biochemistry, the more it can be applied to augment the repair of diseased and damaged tissues. It is also possible that competitive advantage could be linked with the usage of growth factors, cytokines, hormones, and steroids in otherwise normal population of users. In this chapter, it is presented how the landscape has changed for both athletes and sports medicine in general. The goal here is not necessarily to address the inherent morality of sport and distinguishing between natural and engineered talent. But more to explain how better analytical tools and assays have made it easier to distinguish ...

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