Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 07, 1998
Treatment For Cancer May No Longer Be As Grim As The Disease
Radiologists in California have come up with a less invasive alternative to surgery for liver cancer and other types of tumour.

Columbia Awarded Nearly $10 Million For NSF Centers In Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science
New institutes established Oct. 7 at Columbia University with NSF funding of nearly $10 million will research 1) materials that may be the basis of the next revolution in computing and communications; 2) pollution chemistry and transport, work that will assist firms in coping with industrial waste disposal.

Reducing HIV Risk Behaviors With Peer-Led Interventions
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are studying ways to help lower the risk of drug users contracting the HIV infection.

Major Plant Genome Research Project Grants Renewed
Scientists will soon have access to the first complete genome sequence of a flowering plant.

Fetuses Destined For Abortion May Be Used To Test Gene Therapy
Controversial plans to treat unborn children with gene therapy have become even more contentious.

Surgical Experience Improves Thyroidectomy Outcome
Maryland surgeons who perform the greatest number of thyroidectomies have the lowest complication rates, according to results of a statewide study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the September 1998 issue of Annals of Surgery.

IUPUI Researching Dangers Of Prenatal Alcohol Abuse
Charles Goodlett of the Purdue School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis will use an $870,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a groundbreaking study of how prenatal alcohol abuse damages the developing brain.

New "Gene Map" Doubles Number Of Genes
The voyage of discovery into human DNA is one of science's great adventures.

Goats And Spiders Are Working Together To Create A Novel Material
Goats and spiders are working together to create a new supermaterial strong enough to stop bullets.

Genetically Speaking, Race Doesn't Exist In Humans
Race doesn't matter. In fact, it doesn't even exist in humans, concludes an evolutionary and population biologist at Washington University in St.

Words Can Hurt -- Women Who Are Physically Or Verbally Abused More Likely To Suffer Health Problems
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Study Finds First Genetic Clues To Brain Tumor Treatment
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the London Regional Cancer Centre in London, Ontario, have discovered specific genetic changes that indicate whether chemotherapy would be effective in treating patients with anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, a particular type of brain tumor.

Tune-Up For The Leonids
This week, comet Giacobini -Zinner could shatter the calm before the Leonid meteor storm.

York Researchers Identify 'Antifreeze' Protein In Carrots: Medical And Crop Protection Applications Expected
A team of plant biologists have isolated the first plant antifreeze protein.

Summer Ends, Summer Begins As NSF Sends Teachers To The Poles
Four teachers have returned from the Arctic, and ten more are preparing to go to the Antarctic as part of the Teachers Experiencing the Arctic/Antarctic (TEA) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Women's Health Writer's Forum
Noonan/Russo Communications invites you to participate in a roundtable to discuss the media's impact on women's health.
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