Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 28, 1997
New information about Hale
A yearlong series of Hubble Space Telescope observations of comet Hale-Bopp has yielded surprising information contradicting standard assumptions about comet structure.

DNA Detective Work Helps In Fight To Save Endangered Seabird
Researchers at Simon Fraser University have successfully used a new molecular DNA technique to learn more about an endangered seabird--the marbled murrelet, a small Pacific seabird, listed as endangered thoughout most of its range, including British Columbia, due to loss of old-growth forest.

Researchers Identify Gene Involved In Brain, Breast, And Prostate Cancer
NEW YORK, NY--Researchers at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, have identified a new tumor suppressor gene, known as P-TEN, involved in a large percentage of brain, breast, and prostate cancers

Tiny Worms Lead Simon Fraser Researcher To Potential Anti-Cancer Drugs, Antibiotics
Simon Fraser University research on the use of microscopic worms, called nematodes, to control insect pests has yielded unexpected results: natural chemicals-- never seen before--with apparently potent capabilities as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents.

Process of Producing Cyanogen Gas in Comet Hale
Astronomers confirm the existence of cyanogen gas in Comet Hale-Bopp, supporting one of two proposed theories explaining just how the gas is produced.
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