Scientists to examine how mushrooms become magic

Scientists are combining genetics and behaviour to discover how mushrooms become magical and hallucinogenic.

Psychedelic chemicals have resurfaced in human health research.

Dr. Ellis said that legal restrictions prevented some studies on natural psychedelic substances.

LSD was studied for treating alcoholism and obsessive-compulsive disorder in the 1940s and 1950s.

Psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms that is chemically related to serotonin, will be the primary focus of this study.

The Leverhulme Trust-funded study will also use gene-editing to develop psilocybin-resistant mutant fungus.

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