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Sep 1, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 15)

Optogenetics: Lightly Pressing the Cell’s Buttons

Engineering of Light Sensitivity into Specific Parts of Cells Enables Dissection of Signaling Pathways

  • “You can observe a lot just by watching,” said the accidental sage, leaving us to wonder whether he meant to celebrate the power or ...

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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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