Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 24, 1997
Gene Therapy In Mice Delays Onset Of Lou Gehrig's Disease
Scientists studying mice genetically engineered to develop familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that the human gene Bcl-2 may delay the onset of ALS.

Protein Reverses Vascular And Nerve Damage In Diabetic Rats
A human protein may effectively prevent and even reverse cardiovascular disease in diabetics.

World's Smallest Silicon Mechanical Devices
Researchers at the Cornell University Nanofabrication Facility have built what they believe are the world's smallest mechanical devices, including a Fabry-Perot interferometer and, for fun, the world's smallest guitar, carved out of crystalline silicon and no larger than a single cell.

Scientists Create Hepatitis Infection
Scientists have infected animals with hepatitis C by inoculating them with copies of the virus's genetic material.

World Record For Purity Promises Faster, More Efficient Electronic Devices
Researches at the Weizmann Institute have set a new word record of purity and speed, beating the previous world record set by Bell Labs in 1989.

Couch Potatoes, Not French Fries, May Be To Blame For Obesity
A comparison of data on fast-food consumption and rising obesity has found a surprising wrinkle: There doesn't appear to be much of a link, at least in terms of large populations.

No Link Between Race And Body's Response To Heart Attack
In four separate studies, researchers from Henry Ford Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute found no link between race and a patient's physiological response to a heart attack. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to