Chemistry at the Races: The Work of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory

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The chemical sciences pervade almost all aspects of modern day life from the clothes we wear, the food we eat, to the pastimes we enjoy. This resource shows how a combination of modern techniques are used to ensure that horseracing is both fair and prevents abuse of the horses involved. The material is based on the work of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) located near Newmarket in Suffolk where samples of urine and sometimes blood from racehorses are screened to detect and identify traces of prohibited ...

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Overview

The chemical sciences pervade almost all aspects of modern day life from the clothes we wear, the food we eat, to the pastimes we enjoy. This resource shows how a combination of modern techniques are used to ensure that horseracing is both fair and prevents abuse of the horses involved. The material is based on the work of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) located near Newmarket in Suffolk where samples of urine and sometimes blood from racehorses are screened to detect and identify traces of prohibited substances. All the material and activities have been compiled by Ted Lister who worked with a group of teachers on a writing workshop. It is hoped teachers will use it to provide an up-to-date and interesting context for their work and so enthuse the next generation of scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854043859
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, The
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Pages: 48

Table of Contents

Introduction; Teachers' notes and answers; Chemistry at the races; Detecting drugs in horse urine by immunoassay; Drug metabolism; Identifying drugs in horse urine by Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GCMS); Testing for drugs in racehorses using chromatography.

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