Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 02, 1997
Scientists Urge Further Study Of Alarming Coral Reef Decline
Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the decline of coral reefs throughout the world and are recommending more extensive research into the potentially serious problem.

Pregnancy Hormone May Help Fight HIV
An animal study at the National Institutes of Health has produced intriguing evidence that a pregnancy hormone may protect the developing fetus from the ravages of the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV.

Menstrual Irregularities May Indicate Genetic Disorder
Five to 10 percent of women suffer from a hormonal disorder that may be inherited and may cause infertility, according to a doctor at Penn State's Milton S.

Prostate Cancer's Aggressiveness May Be Predicted Early By The Ratio Of Free To Total PSA
The ratio of free to total prostate specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood may predict at the time of diagnosis whether prostate cancer will be an aggressive, fast-growing disease or a non-aggressive, slow-growing type of cancer, say researchers at theNational Institute on Aging

New Variations On Old Drugs Promote Nerve Regeneration
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc., have successfully modified a group of established drugs to stimulate nerve growth without suppressing the immune system.

High-Tech CU-Boulder Plant Chamber To Fly On Upcoming Shuttle Mission
A high-tech plant-growth chamber developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder that contains intriguing pharmaceutical and agricultural experiments will blast off on NASA's space shuttle Columbia from Florida on April 4

Stem Cell Implants Show Promise For Treating Torn Tendons
University of Cincinnati biomechanics researchers have shown that stem cell implants developed by Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. can greatly reduce the time needed to heal torn tendons

Huntington's Disease Mouse Model To Be Distributed By Jackson Laboratory
The first strain of mouse genetically engineered to model major symptoms of Huntington's disease -- an inherited, degenerative brain disease that affects an estimated 30,000 Americans -- is now undergoing processing at The Jackson Laboratory for distribution to researchers worldwide
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