The New Biology
- Eric Schadt's quest to upend molecular biology and open source it. (via
The Economist on Drugs
-- Scientists in North America, Europe and Israel are studying the use of MDMA, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and other banned psychoactive substances in treating conditions such as anxiety, cluster headaches, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They are supported by private funds from a handful of organisations: the Beckley Foundation
in Britain; the Heffter Research Institute
and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
(MAPS) in America. [related]
A landmark rigorous study
, 36 years after Walter Pahnke's Good Friday
study ocuments the ability of psilocybin - the chemical in "magic mushrooms" - to trigger mystical experiences. 16 of 24 participants, who had no history of psychedelic use, rated the drug episode (after 2 months) to be among the 5 most meaningful experiences in their lifetime. A longer 40-year follow-up
by MAPS on those who took LSD under the supervision of psychiatrist Oscar Janiger in the 1950s, found qualitatively the same result.
Schaffer Library of Drug Policy
- read the transcripts
of hearings held on the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, or the text
of court decisions regarding drug policy, or the well-researched Consumer Unions report
on licit and illicit drugs, or the differences between beer and drugs
, according to Anheuser-Busch. A huge archive of materials, admittedly compiled from a pro-reform perspective.
Drink to Your (Cognitive) Health.
Moderate alcohol drinkers smarter than non-drinkers. [Abstract
When drug companies hide data. "The attorney general's civil suit accuses the drug giant GlaxoSmithKline of committing fraud by concealing negative information about Paxil, a drug used to treat depression. The suit says that the company conducted five clinical trials of Paxil in adolescents and children, yet published only one study whose mixed results it deemed positive. The company sat on two major studies for up to four years, although the results of one were divulged by a whistle-blower at a medical conference in 1999 and all of the studies were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 when the company sought approval for new uses of Paxil. At that time it became apparent that Paxil was no more effective than a placebo in treating adolescent depression and might even provoke suicidal thoughts.
My Dad was on Paxil until 26 days ago..... that's when he shot himself.
New form of mousepox developed.
A scientist has created an extremely deadly form of mousepox (a relative of smallpox) through genetic engineering. The new virus kills mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them.
A widely-reported study that showed recreational use of MDMA to cause Parkinson's diesase was found to be botched and has now been retracted
. The results were not skewed, the margin of error wasn't miscalculated--the primates were given the wrong drug