Scientists work on new animal doping test
Scientists in Belfast are developing a new way to test for illegal doping in cattle and horses.
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have teamed up with the Irish Equine Centre to design the first animal doping test to work by detecting and monitoring the known biological effects of a banned substance, rather than the presence of the substance.
The test also has the potential to revolutionise animal drug testing by enabling the screening of large numbers of animals more quickly and efficiently than is currently possible.
Scientists at Queen's Institute for Global Food Security will work to develop the test for banned growth promoters, hormones and antibiotics used on animals destined for the food chain and those involved in sport.
Dr Mark Mooney from the Institute for Global Food Security, said that current methods were expensive, time consuming and failed to keep up with the blackmarket methods.