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Psychedelic drugs promote neural plasticity in rats and flies

Psychedelic drugs may have mind-altering powers in the physical sense, too. A new study, published June 12 in the journal Cell Reports, found psychedelics, specifically DOI, DMT, and LSD, can change brain cells in rats and flies, making neurons more likely to branch out and connect with one another. The ...

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NYC’s Newest Weapon Against the Rats? Sterilization

Every month, more than a thousand New Yorkers grab their phones, dial 311, and cry rat. The city’s official hotline is increasingly inundated with rodent complaints—topping 3.5 million in 2016. And if you’re going by residents’ social media accounts, the city is under siege, overrun by a bold horde of ...

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Save the Galapagos With GMO Rats. What Could Go Wrong?

The Galapagos Islands are famous for exotic birds, tortoises, and iguanas, but recently the archipelago had become overrun with more prosaic animals: rats and mice. Rodents that came on old sailing ships. Rodents that stowed away on modern cruises. Wherever they came from, rodents that eat the eggs and chicks and ...

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