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MDMA, the designer drug known as Ecstasy, is usually associated with college kids, rave parties, and glowsticks. But researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK say the drug could eventually be used to treat leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, reports The Telegraph's Nick Collins. Ecstasy is already known to be effective against some white blood cell cancers, but the dosage would have to be 100 times stronger than normal to be effective at suppressing cancer growth, Collins says — and that would probably kill most people. In the new study, published in Investigational New Drugs, the research team says that if the stronger MDMA can be made safe for human consumption, it would be very efficient at treating cancer.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.