Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 19, 1997
Scientists Develop Catalytic Antibody With Comparable Efficiency And Of Broader Use Than Natural Enzyme
For the first time, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a catalytic antibody with an efficiency and mechanism equal to that of a natural enzyme essential to life.

Science Names Top Ten Breakthroughs Of 1997
In the 19 December 1997 issue of Science, editors offer their picks for the year's top ten scientific breakthroughs.

Widespread Genus Of Monkeys Gives Up Genealogical Secrets To Columbia Researchers
Genetic detective work by two Columbia researchers has unraveled the complicated lineages of African and Asian macaques, the most widespread primates after humans.

Images Of Asteroid 253 Mathilde Published
Cornell University astronomer Joseph Veverka and a team of scientists are releasing humanity's first close-up images of a little-known c-class asteroid 253 Mathilde to be published exclusively in the journal Science on Friday, DEC.

Human Breast Milk Contains Obesity Hormone
Leptin, a hormone that appears to play an important role in body metabolism and obesity, has been found for the first time in human breast milk.

Toxic Marine Organism Causes Learning Problems In Animals, Researchers Find
The toxic marine organism Pfiesteria piscicida, which has killed millions of fish and sickened people in North Carolina and Maryland, also inteferes with the learning process in rats, according to a series of studies completed at Duke University Medical Center.
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