Health Report: Jul. 5, 1993


British scientists have managed to deactivate cancer cells in mice. They moved a gene from a bacterium into the tumor cells; once inside, the gene forced the cells to produce a toxic protein that then shut off the tumor cells' ability to reproduce and spread.

Israeli researchers have found a brain chemical called anandamide that is chemically similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and binds to the same receptors on nerve cells. They hope it can lead to drugs that have pot's medically valuable qualities -- it controls pain, stimulates appetite and reduces nausea -- without...

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