Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 29, 1997
AAAS Letter To Congress Urges Attention To Human Rights
Legislative proposals for the regulation of cryptography technologies should be carefully evaluated for their effects on the work of U.S. human rights groups, says the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in a letter to Congress today.

Study: Hydrogen Bonds Aren't Key To DNA Pairing After All
Hydrogen bonds play at best only a peripheral role in the accurate pairing of DNA bases, University of Rochester researchers have shown, overturning the conventional wisdom long held by biochemists.

Diversifying Industrial R&D Key To Future Of Florida's High-Tech Enterprise
A new report from AAAS predicts long-term uncertainity for Florida's federal R&D funding.

Hospital-Acquired Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Triple Costs And Lengths Of Hospitalization
Duke University Medical Center researchers have put a price tag on the most common hospital-acquired infections that can prolong and increase the cost of a patient's stay in the hospital.

New Discovery May Offer Protection Against Stroke
By further tracking nitric oxide's actions in the brain, Johns Hopkins scientists report they have figured out what may be a universal sequence of biochemical events from stroke to brain cell death.

New Book Reviews The Evolution Of Home Economics
A new book from Cornell University Press,

Notre Dame Paleontologist Finds Damage Done To T. rex Skull
The skull of what is believed to be the largest Tyrannosaur on record has been seriously damaged by poachers on the northeastern Montana cattle ranch where the fossilized dinosaur skeleton was found, according to University of Notre Dame paleontologist J.

Novel Death-Receptor Gene Identified: KILLER/DR5 Triggers Cancer Cell Death After Chemotherapy Or Radiation
Chemotherapy and radiation are among the most powerful available weapons against cancer, despite their toxicity.

Medical Symposium To Bring Leading Medical Journalists To UNC-CH
Some of the nation's leading medical reporters will speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill November 14- 15 in a symposium for working medical journalists and medical communications specialists.

Environmental Engineers Demonstrate Effective Method For Trapping Highway Pollutants
Environmental engineers at the University of Cincinnati recently completed a year-long field test of a system designed to trap heavy metals in stormwater runoff from major highways.

Scientists Develop Powerful Tool For Studying TB
Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have developed a technique that theoretically will allow researchers to study the function of every gene in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).

Results Cause Modification In Children's AIDS Drug Trial
Researchers at 28 U.S. medical centers have sharply modified a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases- sponsored study of drugs for combating AIDS in children because young patients in two of the study's three groups clearly fared better than those in the third.

African Women Working Can Hurt Children's Health
When African women work outside the home, their families reap more income but often with potentially deleterious consequences on the health of their very young children and at the expense of daughter's education, according to new Cornell University research.

First Grants For Innovative AIDS Vaccine Research Awarded
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has selected the first grant recipients in its new program to foster innovative research on AIDS vaccines.
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