Researchers urge caution around psilocybin use

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In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms,’ a researchers say that more than 10 percent believed their worst ‘bad trip’ had put themselves or others in harm’s way, and a substantial majority called their most distressing episode one of the top 10 biggest challenges of their lives.

Using ‘fire to fight fire’ to combat disease could make it worse, tests show

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A treatment billed as a potential breakthrough in the fight against disease, including cancer, could back-fire and make the disease fitter and more damaging, new research has found. Ground-breaking research has found that introducing ‘friendlier’ less-potent strains into a population of disease-causing microbes can lead to increased disease severity.

Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

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You’ve likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment? In other words, could a genetic mutation (or allele) that puts populations at risk for illnesses in one environmental setting manifest itself in positive ways in a different setting?

New class of hydrogen sulfide donor molecules

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Researchers have designed molecules with the potential to deliver healing power to stressed cells — such as those involved in heart attacks. The research, at a cellular level in the lab, involves organic molecules that break down to release hydrogen sulfide when triggered by oxidative stress.