Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 15, 1997
New Steps Found In Deadly Path Of Cancer-Causing Virus: Findings Suggest Novel Method Of Stopping Cervical Cancer In Its Tracks
Researchers at Harvard Medical School report in the April Journal of Virology that the two viral genes of human papillomavirus, E6 and E7, that together can cause cancer, may work more similarly than previously thought, targeting and degrading tumor-supressor proteins in human cells.

When Metal Meets Air: New Catalysts For Oxidizing Molecules May Result, UD Chemists Say
By revealing exactly how oxygen and various organometallic molecules interact, fundamental studies at the University of Delaware may someday support the development of improved organometallic catalysts for making a variety of molecules--from plastics to hydrocarbon fuels, researchers reported April 15 during the American Chemical Society meeting

Virginia Tech Researchers Designing Light-Activated Molecules As New Anticancer Drugs
Virginia Tech faculty members and students in chemistry and biology are building new molecules to act as anticancer agents.

U.S. Pollution Control System Is Fragmented, Misdirected And Plagued By Poor Information, RFF Report Finds
The pollution control system in the United States is fragmented and inefficient, targetting the wrong problems, and lacking in all kinds of information needed for effective decisionmaking, according to a report released today by Resources for the Future.

MRI-Guided Cancer Surgery
A year after doctors gave up on William Hines, his kidney tumor is gone and his life is back to normal.

Hopkins Researchers Complete Human Gene Therapy Trial Of Kidney Cancer Vaccine
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and the Department of Urology have confirmed successful activation of patients' immune systems in one of the first human trials of a genetically engineered cancer vaccine.

Virginia Tech Chemists Build Supramolecules With Applications To Solar Energy Conversion
Virginia Tech Chemistry Professor Karen Brewer and colleagues are building metal-based molecules aimed at producing systems that will bind to organic elements.

Engineers Develop Fabrication Method For Safer Flywheels
Penn State engineers have developed a practical, easy method for making safer versions of the spinning cylinders or disks known as flywheels that could make them more likely candidates to power cars, stabilize household electrical current -- even run space satellites

University Of Washington Discovery May Point The Way To New Treatment For Hepatitis C Cases That Do Not Respond To Interferon Therapy
Researchers at the University of Washington report in the April 14, 1997 issue of Virology that they may have an explanation for why the currently approved drug treatment for hepatitis C is ineffective much of the time.
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