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House, Senate Approve FY 2012 Funding Levels for FDA, NSF, NIST, and OSTP

With few changes from earlier Senate spending bill, 'minibus' goes to President Obama for signature.

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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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