Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 30, 1997
New Cancer Radiotherapy Shows Promise
The use of Bismuth-213 is rendering targeted alpha-particle cancer therapy feasible.

Never Seen A Ghost? Then TV May Be Your Teacher
This season's prime-time television lineup of angels, space aliens, witches and other oddities may influence people to believe in such creatures, according to a survey by a Purdue University communication expert.

Glowing Fruit Flies Reveal Secrets Of Development
Most people might figure an eerie, green glowing fly for a Halloween prank, but scientists at Duke University Medical Center have inserted a glowing jellyfish protein tag onto a key cell structural protein in fruit flies to reveal how they transform from embryos to larvae to adults.

Ships Among Highest Air Pollution Sources Cited In Science Magazine Article
Air emissions from trade-carrying cargo ships powered by diesel engines are among the world's highest polluting combustion sources per ton of fuel consumed, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers James Corbett and Paul Fischbeck in their Oct.

Plant Growth Surges After Global Temperature Spikes, Scientists Report
El Nino events or volcanic eruptions can boost or depress global temperatures within months, but their strongest impacts on the earth's biosphere may not occur until one to three years later, according to a paper published in the October 31st issue of Science.

Copper "Chaperone" Escorts Hazardous Heavy Metal In Cells
Heavy metal ions are toxic but nevertheless required by cells in tiny amounts.

Gene Therapy Hold Promise For Sickle Cell Disease
Researchers from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons have demonstrated the long-term transfer and high level long-term expression of the normal human beta globin gene in an animal model for the first time.

UC Irvine Researchers Identify Gene Associated With Increased Risk Of Schizophrenia
UC Irvine researchers and their collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh and in Europe have identified a gene they believe is responsible for increasing the risk of schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that afflicts 60 million people worldwide, including three million in the United States.

Study Suggests Possibility Of Universally Effective AIDS Vaccine
A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that it may be possible to develop an AIDS vaccine effective against all versions of the virus.

New X-Ray Technique Might Boost Breast Imaging, Cut Cancer Deaths
By creating significantly sharper, more detailed pictures of breast tissue, mice and other objects, a technical advance in radiography could dramatically improve mammography and other medical and materials imaging, new studies suggest.

Saliva Shown To Be As Reliable As Blood For DNA Screening For Genetic Diseases
A University at Buffalo oral biologist has shown that saliva appears to be as good as blood as a source of genetic material needed to screen people for inherited diseases.
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