(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The United States Anti-Doping Agency, the National Football League and the University of Utah said today they have formed a new drug testing laboratory in Salt Lake City.
The laboratory will conduct state-of-the-art research into the use of and detection of prohibited and performance-enhancing substances.
The new Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory will be an independent testing laboratory located at the University of Utah.
The lab has contracted with the University of Utah's Center for Human Toxicology, which is renowned for its forensic analytical toxicology expertise.
The initial funding for the laboratory will be provided by the N-F-L and the anti-doping agency. Part of the funding also comes from a grant provided by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as a legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The lab is expected to begin research and testing operations this year.
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