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GEN’s editor in chief, John Sterling, interviews life science academic and biotech industry leaders on important research, technology, and trends. These podcasts will keep you informed with all the important details you need.

Brent Erickson is an executive vice president at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He heads the Industrial and Environmental Section, one of the main policy units at BIO. The section members are involved in the application of biotechnology in the manufacturing sector. Located in Washington, D.C. BIO is the world's largest biotech trade association with over 1100 members in all 50 states and 31 countries.



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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.

Do you agree that ecstasy should be studied for its potential therapeutic benefits?

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