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ANU goes to the dogs

By johnboy - 3 August 2009 22

The ANU reporter has an intriguing story on work being done by their Research School of Chemistry and Dr Mal Mcleod on figuring out how to test greyhounds for drugs.

    Yet despite the increasing success of catching sports drug cheats of the human and equine varieties, the same testing methods do not apply to greyhounds. All this rests on the analysis of metabolites – the products of chemical reactions within an organism when it attempts to break down complex molecules and eliminate them from the body.

    The human metabolites of stanozolol do not match the major metabolite obtained when the same drug is administered to greyhounds.

    Drugs metabolise differently in humans to greyhounds. Until now nobody performed the research on dogs to work out why.

    As part of their experiments, McLeod’s team made a number of new compounds. One of these was called 6 alpha-hydroxystanozolol, which was found to match the greyhound metabolite. This discovery has led to numerous positive swabs for stanozolol doping in greyhounds around the country.

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ANU goes to the dogs
chewy14 2:42 pm 03 Aug 09

astrojax said :

“in nature”?? like, muzzling, kenneling, training, forcing to participate in ‘man’s nature’, being fed on entirely processed foods and so on is these animals’ natural state?

So you would be happy for them to roaming the streets hunting in packs? Because that would be natural.

Face it, if gambling on these animals didn’t exist neither would the animals.

johnboy 2:14 pm 03 Aug 09

gambling on animals is much more ethical than anything with people in charge…

FC 2:12 pm 03 Aug 09

*sigh* why did I start this..
thankyou astrojax, you anwered #10 for me.

Willo – no I would not prefer you eat them.. That is hardly the only alternative!

willo 2:09 pm 03 Aug 09

FC said :

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

you would prefer that we eat them instead?…..not really that keen on horse or dog steaks….

astrojax 2:08 pm 03 Aug 09

“in nature”?? like, muzzling, kenneling, training, forcing to participate in ‘man’s nature’, being fed on entirely processed foods and so on is these animals’ natural state?

chewy14 2:05 pm 03 Aug 09

FC said :

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

How is it unethical?
Because dogs and horses don’t run in nature?

FC 2:01 pm 03 Aug 09

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

astrojax 1:59 pm 03 Aug 09

eating before the race might set them off in a hurry, though..?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:47 pm 03 Aug 09

Only if you eat the sauce at the end of the race.

chewy14 1:39 pm 03 Aug 09

I thought a bit of chilli sauce on the dog’s bum was the standard way to get them to run fast without using drugs.

deezagood 1:34 pm 03 Aug 09

I wonder how the ‘tester’ greyhounds are being treated, and if they’ll be rehomed after their lab-rat experiences? Greyhounds make the nicest pets, gentle, smoochy, calm, lazy, and generally gorgeous puppies … breaks my heart to think of them being used in labs.

SheepGroper 12:43 pm 03 Aug 09

You can still nobble a dog by giving him a nice, long, drink just before the race, according to at least one greyhound racer’s memoirs, and it’s a fair bet there are other ways to skew results that don’t rely on drugs.

willo 12:34 pm 03 Aug 09

at least the dogs dont have any thieving little turds sitting on their backs pulling them up like the geegees do

astrojax 12:18 pm 03 Aug 09

Meanwhile, punters can be more confident that the greyhound they are betting their money on is competing in a much fairer environment.

like that makes picking a winner any easier..

eyeLikeCarrots 9:15 am 03 Aug 09

The crackpipe in the dogs mouth or puncture wounds explained as bites from other dogs are usually both good indicators.

Also, the dog becomming listless and putting more effort into chasing the dragon than chasing the rabbit is a red light too.

(yes, I have no life)

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