2012 London Olympics Drug Testing Lab To Be Turned Into Research Center
The anti-doping lab that was created especially for the London Olympics 2012 will now be changed to a state of the art research center after the Olympics come to an end. The drug testing lab was created after the establishment of a joint venture between two authorities: the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council who have now decided to convert this Olympic lab into a new center that will provide medical research.
This drug testing Olympics laboratory was financially sponsored by two massive multinational corporations: GlaxoSmithKline and King’s College London. The creators say that the laboratory will prove to be an excellent platform for new medical research that might even be able to bring forward scientific breakthroughs. The lab is about the size of seven tennis courts, making this a giant laboratory for experimentation. Prior to this decision, this drug testing laboratory was planned to be closed after the Olympics. However the proposal to convert it into a research lab was presented by Imperial College London’s director of medicine Jonathan Weber. After conversion this laboratory will be named MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre. The conversion of this anti-doping lab will start in the month of October and completion of the project will be around the month of January in the following year 2013.
What will this center do? After conversion the former drug testing lab will research the human phenomes - the chemical makeup of a person that changes due to interactions of genes with the external factors like environment and lifestyle. Further research will be carried out on regarding why different people have varying responses to drugs. Around sixty percent of the gas chromatography - mass spectrometry drug testing equipment that was used to test urine and blood of the Olympic athletes will be reused in new center and additional seven million dollars will be invested during next five years.