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Genotoxic properties of two synthetic cathinones (commonly used as psychoactive drugs).

According to the literature, synthetic cathinones are consumed worldwide as psychostimulants and are increasingly marketed as surrogates of classical illicit drugs via the internet.  Alarmingly, it is reported that the genotoxic properties are unknown.

Genotoxicological survey of the Adige river basin

Scientists working in collaboration from the University of Belgrade, University of Kragujevac, University of Trento, and the Catalan Institute for Water Research, have conducted a genotoxicological survey at seven sites within the Adige river basin.

Protocol to evaluate DNA damage in whole nematodes using the comet assay

 The scientists at King’s College, London, and their collaborators have been working to establish a protocol for cell dissociation from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.  They are using the comet assay to assess BaP genotoxicity.

Turkish folklore & “healing” plants

Dried fruits of Berberis crataegina (Berberidaceae) have been frequently consumed in Turkish cuisine and a selection of Turkish scientists decided to investigate some of the ‘healing properties’ linked to this fruit and evaluate any possible risks.

Reference cells and mixed-ploidy cells in the comet assay

 Scientists at the University of Oslo and Norwegian Institute of Public Health (both based in Oslo, Norway) have been investigating the use of “reference cells” within the comet assay.  They also performed the comet assay on a mixture of testicular cells with various ploidy.