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May 14, 2014

MERS: Getting a Handle on a Serious Zoonotic Coronavirus Infection

As a deadly virus reaches American shores, researchers seek to find out where it came from and how to stop it.

MERS: Getting a Handle on a Serious Zoonotic Coronavirus Infection

Coronaviruses are single-stranded RNA viruses that contain the largest known RNA genomes. [© fotoliaxrender - Fotolia.com]

  • A news story on Monday reported that a second patient has been admitted to an American hospital suffering from the MERS virus. The Saudi ...

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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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