Steroids boost muscles for the long haul

Experiments in mice suggest effects don’t end when doping does

By Tina Hesman Saey, 19:59 PM November 14, 2013

Steroids may continue to boost muscle-building capacity long after a person stops taking the drugs, a new study of mice suggests. The finding could mean that athletes who cheat by taking anabolic steroids should be suspended from competition for a decade or longer.

The research also suggests that building muscles in youth may have benefits that last into old age.

In the new study, researchers led by Kristian Gundersen, a physiologist at the University of Oslo, tested the effect of steroids on f...

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