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Researchers urge caution around psilocybin use
In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing 'magic mushrooms,' Johns Hopkins 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.
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?
For the development of animals, nothing -- with the exception of DNA -- may be more important than oxygen in the atmosphere.
Gene therapy for liver disease advancing with the help of adeno-associated viral vectors
Liver-directed gene therapy delivered using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to treat diseases such as hemophilia have advanced into human testing.
Leading cancer researcher to receive honor from the Queen
Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will be appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), as published today in the Queen's New Year 2017 Honours List.
The answer is blowing in the wind
Physics research provides new insights into the fluctuations of wind energy, with implications for engineering and policy.
Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds
A new study shows cognitive decline may be influenced by the interaction of genetics and ... worms?
Using 'fire to fight fire' to combat disease could make it worse, tests show
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.
University of Oregon lab creates new class of hydrogen sulfide donor molecules
Researchers have designed molecules with the potential to deliver healing power to stressed cells -- such as those involved in heart attacks.

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