Drugs: Cell Damage from LSD

Half a dozen of the most potent drugs used by physicians have been known for years to cause changes in the chromosomes in some of the body's cells, with the parallel risk that they might also cause genetic defects if the patient later became a parent. Up to now, such drugs have been used only in the treatment of advanced cancer, so the danger to children has been minimal. But last week, in the journal Science, a team of researchers at the State Uni- versity of New York in Buffalo reported that LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), the favorite magic...

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