Those who would
control with drug testing the use of exogenous hGH—i.e., hGH not naturally
developed by the body—among athletes face an uphill struggle. Not only has no
such test yet been developed, but according to such scientists as Dr. Manfred
Donike, the West German who was instrumental in drug testing at both the most
recent Pan Am and Olympic Games, technical difficulties may also make one
impossible to devise. So the specter exists of a future in which synthetic
human growth hormone will be in abundant supply; in which normal children will
be treated with GH by grown men whose dreams of personal glory blind them to
ethical considerations; and in which literally monstrous athletes will contend
for the spoiled spoils of victory. It is, indeed, a fairly short leap from H.G.
Wells to hGH.