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Live Chat: Science at the Olympics

18 July 2012 2:09 pm
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See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
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Every Olympic season brings new scientific innovations that help athletes earn the gold and break world records. This year’s London Games, for example, will see South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius make his debut on the 400-meter-dash while donning cutting edge, lightweight prosthetics. At the same time, Olympic officials will be cracking down on another innovation: new drugs that help athletes outcompete their rivals. Do prosthetic limbs offer an unfair advantage? What is being done to keep steroids and blood doping out of the games? And has scientific innovation become as important a player in the Olympics as the athletes themselves?

Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 18 July, when we’ll ask biomedical engineers and blood doping experts for their views on these issues. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.

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Peter Weyand


Don Catlin


J.L. McNitt-Gray



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