Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 30, 1998
Dentisty Tips For Older Adults
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty address many aspects of oral health in older people.

Hopkins Study Shows Brain Damage Evidence In "Ecstasy" Users
The common street drug

Cedars-Sinai Scientist Finds Malignancy Gene In Tumor Cells
A scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has discovered a gene that exists in malignant tumors of the brain, liver, breast, colon, kidney, and reproductive organs, but not in healthy adults, stirring hopes that a vital key to cancer development and progression may have been unmasked.

International Water Research Center Established
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French conglomerate Vivendi have begun a partnership to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies to improve the environmental and economic issues related to urban water and wastewater management.

Boats A Source Of MTBE In Water
Boats and other motorized watercraft are likely to be the primary source of MTBE contamination in lakes and reservoirs, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis.

New Book Tackles Issue Of Whether Nostratic Was A Real Language
On the family tree of languages, no one is sure whether Nostratic is a real branch or just a shadow that fooled some linguists.

Human Brain Transplantation Protocol Approved To Reverse Nerve And Brain Damage
Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are ready to start a human treatment protocol that can reverse nerve and brain damage caused by stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries.

Chiron Discovers Significant Hepatitis C Binding Mechanism; Data Indicates CD81 Protein May Be A Virus Receptor
Emeryville, CA, October 29, 1998 - Chiron Corporation (Nasdaq: CHIR) today announced its discovery that a protein molecule (CD81) located on the surface of certain human cell types binds to the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Veterinary Researchers Identify Accomplice Of Calf-Killing Parasite
Working in Virginia Tech's Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease, David Lindsay and colleagues have demonstrated that the dog is a

Viral Vector Delivers Dystophin Gene To Mouse Muscle
University of Michigan scientists have developed a new generation of

European Privacy Law May Threaten U.S. Businesses, Expert Says
Many U.S. companies face possible legal troubles and disruption of their business overseas because of a tough new European privacy law, according to a new book co-authored by an Ohio State University professor.

Virginia Tech Scientist Seek Genetic Solution To Malaria
Somewhere in the workings of the genes of mosquitoes may be a key to disrupting the insect's complex relationship with the parasites that cause malaria, a key that could break the cycle of transmission.

Autism May Be Caused By An Immune System Response To A Virus
University of Michigan's College of Pharmacy researchers found that autistic children who had been exposed to certain viruses in the past showed unusually high levels of antibodies to brain proteins, suggesting an autoimmune response.

A Developing Nerve's Target May Give Final Stamp On Identity
In order to grow muscles that work properly, a developing embryo must somehow match those muscles with a specific set of nerve cells.

Geographic Information Systems Help Jamaica Cut Pesticide Use
Virginia Tech researchers are training people in Jamaica to use Geographic Information Systems in integrated pest management, to prevent excessive use of pesticide.

Earth's Inner Core Has Distinct Layers, Geologists Report In Earthquake Study
The Earth's inner core has upper and lower regions with different material properties, and is not a uniform iron crystal, as scientists had thought, say seismologists at Columbia University and Caltech.
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