Maggie Koerth-Baker at 10:24 am Mon, Aug 22, 2011
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Have you ever witnessed anyone die of leukemia during a rave? SCIENCE!
I like that when I look at the stock pics accompanying articles such as this I can honestly think “I remember those… I remember those… oooh, those were good!” etc. etc. Heh.
And then I often think “Damn, I wish the hand holding all of that were mine”. Good times. Really good times.
Bleach will also kill cancer cells in a test tube. And everything else.
If it’s modified, it’s not really ecstasy is it?
Yeah, it’s really more of a bright and shiny happiness.
Been keeping an eye on this since I could really use a little right about now.
Also looking forward to the sh*tstorm when they try to legalize it for medical use.
Actually, MDMA is already being used for medical use in some countries, and is in use in clinical trials here in the US. So, I suspect that the storm here in the US will be less brown than you expect.
‘GULP’ too late, hey it’s for SCIENCE..
MDMA is pretty harmless. Certainly less dangerous than Tylenol.
Almost certainly less toxic, but not necessarily less dangerous. It is a psychoactive drug and has serious misuse potential. Most users don’t appreciate just how powerful it is.
What a tease. All I wanted from that article was the name of the new chemical.
Well the first step is to remove all the cancer cells from your body and put them in a test tube.
TL; DR, Cancer is cured! Yay!
Nope. Just because they started with an MDMA structure doesn’t mean it’s ‘modified ecstasy’. This headline is, perhaps unintentional, propoganda. They didn’t just stick in a halogen or switch a methyl to an ethyl, they replaced the alpha-site methyl (the meth in methylamphetamine) with a freakin’ huge phenyl group! But that didn’t work, so they added even bulkier substituants like 1- and 2-naphthyl and para-biphenyl at the alpha position.
Some may not understand this jargon so I’ll put it this way: there is as much or more there added on then there was to start in the entire molecule.
Read for yourself over at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/384k8r14u2kvhv1h/ “Enhancing the anti-lymphoma potential of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (‘ecstasy’) through iterative chemical redesign: mechanisms and pathways to cell death”
“…chemically re-engineered ecstasy by taking some atoms
away and putting new ones in their place.”
Hoooo-DANG. What is this, Ranger Rick?
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