There was evidence of rHuEPO use at both the Calgary & Seoul Olympics. Perhaps experimental use starting in the 1988 cycling season?Haven't seen this program mentioned yet at the Clinic, but "Partnership for Clean Competition" has its podcast which features (among other topics) interviews now-and-then researchers who develop tests for anti-doping purposes such as a dried blood spots, OMICS approach to detect blood doping etc:
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Very accessible and has some interesting topics, but I can't say I learned that much from the handful I've listened thus far, e.g. the AMGEN scientist who developed rHuEPO even mentioned something about having heard rumours of cyclists using the hormone in the late-1980s and it would've been interesting to know where the rumours originated from etc. instead of him spending minutes to tell the details of the ABP program.