Ecstacy kills cancer cells!

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Media Gleanings, Nutrition & Exercise
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But don’t run out to your local drug dealer.

A few years ago it was discovered that Ecstacy, taken in huge, lethal doses, would kill blood born cancer cells like leukemia.  Now scientists have modified the molecule to require less dosage (by a factor of 100) in order to accomplish the same thing.  Cancer cells seem particularly vulnerable to the new molecule, which attacks the cell walls and makes them softer without doing the same to healthy cells.  The redesigned drug works in a test tube but has not been tried in live subjects, so a usable drug is likely at least a decade away.  However, the prospects are described as being very positive and exciting.

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