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Private sector scientists today announced the publication of a paper that describes novel findings suggesting that genomic rearrangements, not single base pair changes in DNA, provide the genetic basis for the differences between humans and non-human primates such as the chimpanzee.
Results of an animal study published in the journal Science raise the possibility that the use of the rave fave drug Ecstasy ? methylene-dioxymethamphetamine ? can damage brain cells. The same cells, in fact, that are destroyed by Parkinson?s disease. "We don't know if human beings develop the same effects we describe in monkeys and in baboons," Dr. George Ricaurte, a Johns Hopkins neurologist, told Reuters. "The broader issue is, are there hundreds of cases of unexplained parkinsonism in MDMA users? We don't know because we haven't looked." The Reuters article also contains the following quotation, reproduced below only marginally out of context: "[A]s you might imagine, it is not easy to get a baboon to take an oral dose of a drug."