Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 27, 1998
Chocolate Treats Can Land Racehorse Trainers In Trouble
Chocolate could land a competitive racehorse into trouble with officials.

Jefferson Scientists Devise Way To Treat Animals Chronically Infected With Hepatitis B
Scientists may have helped devise a new way to fight chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) virus infections in humans.

Researchers Help NASA Unite Computers, People In Mission Control
Researchers at Ohio State are helping NASA scientists develop computer systems that communicate important information as flexibly and efficiently as people do.

Human Clinical Trial Of Edible Vaccine Works
Results from the primary phase of the first-ever human clinical trial of a vaccine genetically implanted inside a food indicate that consumption results in immunity to specific diseases.

Hatching A Robotics Revolution: Human-Level Robot Helps Food Processors
Georgia Tech researchers are developing a new breed of robot that will help increase efficiency and competitiveness for the poultry industry.

First Human Trial Shows That An Edible Vaccine Is Feasible
Opening a new era in vaccine delivery, researchers supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have shown for the first time that an edible vaccine can safely trigger significant immune responses in people.

Water Quality In Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected By Agricultural And Urban Activities
Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S.

Early Restoration Of Blood Flow Following A Heart Attack Shown To Improve Long-Term Survival For Patients
Getting immediate vessel-opening treatment after a heart attack can help you live longer than previously believed, say researchers in a study published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

NAS/USDA To Celebrate 20 Years Of Competitive Research Grants In Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences will celebrate 20 years of competitive research grants in agriculture, April 29, with a symposium and reception at the National Academy of Sciences.

How Managers Select Work Teams Can Affect Attitudes, Performance
The methods managers use to assign employees to workplace teams can have significant effects on worker attitudes and even performance, new research shows.

Earlier Human Speech?
Duke University Medical Center anthropologists have offered anatomical evidence from skulls suggesting that human vocal abilities may have appeared much earlier in time than is suggested by the first archaeological evidence for speech.

Structure Of The Plasma Membrane Proton Pump Offers A First Glimpse Of The Mechanism Of Ion Pumping Across Membranes
A research team from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Germany, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/NC, has determined the structure of the plasma membrane proton ATPase at a resolution of about 0.8 nm by electron cryomicroscopy of two-dimensional crystals (nature, vol.

New RNA Repair May Lead To More Successful Gene Therapy
A possible new form of gene therapy designed to mask genetic mutations - instead of cutting away and replacing them -- has been developed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Bern University in Switzerland.

Gender And Age Differences Found In Clotting Mechanism Of Sudden Cardiac Death
Blood clots that can trigger a sudden heart attack often differ between men and premenopausal women -- a finding that may have important implications for preventing sudden cardiac death, which kills 250,000 people each year.
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