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Modified ecstasy may fight some blood cancers

19th August 2011

Scientists have suggested that modified ecstasy could one day have a role to play in fighting some blood cancers.

Writing in the journal Investigational New Drugs, they acknowledge that ecstasy is known to kill some cancer cells but say they have increased its effectiveness 100-fold. An early study showed all leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma cells could be killed in a test tube, but any treatment would be a decade away. The charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research said the findings were a “significant step forward”.

 

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