Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 20, 1997
No Link Seen Between Breast Cancer And Pesticides, PCB Exposure For General Population
A University at Buffalo study of the relationship of pesticides and PCBs with breast cancer shows these compounds are not a risk factor for breast cancer for the general population of women.

Mutated Gene Causes Death Of Nerves In Brain; Identification Of First Glutamate Receptor Linked With Neurodegeneration
A gene responsible for the degeneration and death of certain brain nerve cells has been cloned, yielding information that may be useful for studies of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer1s and Parkinson1s, investigators from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Rockefeller University and The Johns Hopkins report in the Aug.

Scientists Identify Gene Implicated In Lowering The Onset Age For Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University in collaboration with five other centers have identified a gene that influences the age at which certain people begin to get Alzheimer's symptoms.

Harvard Researchers Report P53 Doppelganger
Harvard Medical School researchers, working collaborately with French scientists, have discovered a novel gene that resembles p53.

Researcher Suggests New Way To Help Elderly Avoid Being Swindled
Not all elderly people fall prey to swindlers but, according to psychologist Monroe Friedman, Ph.D., of Eastern Michigan University, the very strategies that real people have used to detect and escape from con artists -- particularly

Frequency Of Family Meals May Prevent Teen Adjustment Problems
Volumes have been written and spoken about how to keep teenagers out of trouble.

Secretary Peña, Industry Leaders To Discuss Vehicles Of The Future
Secretary of Energy Federico Peña and senior executives from the Big Three automakers, the IBM Corporation and Northwest aluminum, transportation and electric utility companies will gather for a summit in Seattle later this month to discuss the development of technologies needed to create motor vehicles of the future, including cars that get 70 to 80 miles to the gallon.
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