Experts Report Progress On Gene Doping Test

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BEIJING (AP) - Anti-doping specialists say progress is being made toward a reliable test for gene doping, though they still don't know when it will be ready for use in competition.

IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist says a test would be put into use as soon as it's proven reliable. That's regardless of whether hard evidence existed that athletes were using the technology to improve performance.

Gene doping is considered the potential future of cheating in sports. Current tests detect more conventional forms of doping,

Ljungqvist's remarks came Thursday at the end of a two-day World Anti-Doping Agency meeting on the subject in Beijing. It included more than 40 leading experts in gene therapy, anti-doping scientists and sports ethicists.