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Protein found central to ecstasy fever

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11:31am, December 22, 2003

Scientists have identified a protein contributing to the high fevers that are sometimes generated by 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamin, the drug better known as ecstasy.

Debate about the stimulant intensified recently with the retraction of a study indicating that casual use of the drug kills brain cells and can be deadly (SN: 10/4/03, p. 221: Available to subscribers at Scientists retract ecstasy drug finding).

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