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University student develops test to detect psilocin
    #3511786 - 12/17/04 01:49 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Nicole has a magic target
Friday, December 17
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A DEAKIN University PhD student has developed a world-first test to identified whether mushrooms are `magic' or not.

Forensic science student Nicole Anastos has found a chemical light reaction which detects traces of psilocin, the hallucinogen in mushrooms.

She is also working on a test to screen for psilocin in the human body.

Ms Anastos started investigating tests for magic mushrooms to improve their detection at crime scenes.

She is working in collaboration with the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre and Forensic Science South Australia.

``They have a few seizure samples of magic mushrooms every year,'' she said.

``They basically need a sensitive technology to determine whether there is psilocin.''

She perfected the technique using mushrooms from Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

When there were traces of psilocin, a particular reagent would produce a light reaction.

She said the advantage of the new technique was that it was much more sensitive than conventional tests.

``There are small amounts, traces of the chemical, and you can actually detect it and use it quantitatively,'' she said.

Next year she plans to develop a screening method to identify traces of magic mushrooms in urine.

She said traces of magic mushrooms could remain in the human system for several days.


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: veggie]
    #3512039 - 12/17/04 02:49 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

this person needs to be stopped!


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: MrBump]
    #3512168 - 12/17/04 03:55 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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thecornking said:
this person needs to be stopped!




the immunoassay portion, perhaps, but think of a test that you could bring on a hunt with you and idiot proof the results?!

Man, that would be awesome, and if she is right when she says it could be used quantitatively, then you could even tell how much to dose :smile:

LEO shouldn't have access to it though :frown:


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: blink]
    #3513076 - 12/17/04 12:19 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

http://www.anzfss2004.org.nz/cgi-bin/ViewAbstracts.cgi?paperid=229

The hallucinogenic indole psilocin is the active ingredient in ?magic mushrooms?. This species and its precursor psilocybin are similar in structure to serotonin and its derivatives, which have previously been successfully determined by our group using chemiluminescence. A flow analytical study using sequential injection analysis and flow injection analysis with chemiluminescence detection is presented. The limits of detection for psilocin and psilocybin were 9.0 x 10-10 M and 3.5 x 10-10 M respectively. A concise synthetic route for psilocin is also described. The potential for chemiluminescence detection as a post column reaction detection system for liquid chromatographic analyses of psilocin and related compounds will be discussed.


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: Anno]
    #3513571 - 12/17/04 02:31 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

So what really are the far reaching implications of this?


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: Lifenergy]
    #3516114 - 12/18/04 03:58 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

From what I can tell, with this method you can test for psilocin using a liquid chromatography apparatus without calibrating the apparatus with a psilocin sample first.
I am not sure though.


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: Anno]
    #3517604 - 12/18/04 06:08 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

No, you still need standards and everything for quantitative analysis.

The thing is that the boiling point of psilocin/psilocybin is too high for GC/MS analysis. Therefore, HPLC must be used but psilocin cannot be detected using standard methods. This will eventually result in a detector being developed that works just like a standard spectrophotometer that will detect the chemiluminescent substances as they are eluted from the column and create a chromatogram.


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: blink]
    #3526270 - 12/21/04 01:58 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

blinkidiot said:
Quote:

thecornking said:
this person needs to be stopped!




the immunoassay portion, perhaps, but think of a test that you could bring on a hunt with you and idiot proof the results?!

Man, that would be awesome, and if she is right when she says it could be used quantitatively, then you could even tell how much to dose :smile:

LEO shouldn't have access to it though :frown:




ahhh, youre thinking outside the box.

or im just fucking paranoid


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: MrBump]
    #3533306 - 12/22/04 10:24 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Osama just recieved an anonymous email that she thinks Islam is a fucking joke.


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Re: University student develops test to detect psilocin [Re: EonTan]
    #3538111 - 12/24/04 04:20 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)


Wha?


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