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MICE that are immune to the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-type drugs may help scientists to treat the hallucinations suffered by schizophrenic patients. Jay Gingrich of Columbia University in New York City and his colleagues developed mice that lack a serotonin receptor thought to be responsible for hallucination. When they gave the mice a hallucinogenic drug, the animals showed none of the usual signs of hallucinating, such as twitching their heads, Gingrich told a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Miami Beach, Florida, last week. The finding may convince drugs companies to reconsider medicines that block the activation of this receptor,
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