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Are molecular scanners going to make double-blind placebo-controlled trials impossible?
  1. Konstantinos N Fountoulakis
  1. Correspondence to Professor Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, 3rd Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54636, Greece; kfount{at}

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Dear Editor,

It almost looks like science fiction, but recently a molecular scanner (called SCiOS), which costs less than US$150, has hit the market ( It is advertised as being able to provide information on materials, including the composition and calories of food, quality of fruits and even details concerning …

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