Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 14, 1998
Science-Based Decision Guide May Be Answer To EPA's Controversial Rule
A two-year dispute between an 11-society scientific consortium and the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency's proposed rule to regulate genetically modified pest- resistant plants has culminated in the near finalization of a rule that the consortium maintains is

Reusing Ag Drainage Water An Option For West Side Farm Sustainability
Eucalyptus trees can grow beautifully in the sticky black soils of California's Tulare Lake basin, a fact that raises hope for long-term farm sustainability on the San Joaquin Valley's west side, according to UC scientists.

American Psychiatric Association Rebukes Reparative Therapy
A position statement opposing any psychiatric treatment such as

Clues To Molecular Cancer Switches Probed
A genetic variation in human cells could facilitate cancer invasion and spread by boosting production of agents that dissolve the framework that holds the body together.

New Gene Therapy Strategy Keeps Muscles Strong In Old Age: Possibilities Seen For Disease Treatment, But Also For Athletic Or Cosmetic Enhancements
A new gene therapy treatment could reverse the feebleness associated with old age, fully restoring the muscular strength of youth, or counter the muscle-wasting effects of some muscular dystrophies.

Light Shed On Mystery Horse Disease
CSIRO Animal Health scientists have discovered more about the mysterious Hendra disease that killed two humans and fifteen horses in Queensland in two outbreaks in 1994-5.

Large Employers Seek Quality In Health Plans
Large health care plan purchasers, such as corporate employers and government programs, rely on accreditation decisions when choosing which plans to offer their members, according to a study by Penn State researchers.

Rivers May Be Emitting Substance Involved In Ozone Destruction
Rivers may be emitting significant amounts of nitrous oxide as a result of effluents from wastewater treatment plants and agricultural fields, according to a study by the U.S.

Scientists Show For The First Time How Leprosy Bug Targets Peripheral Nerves
Scientists from The Rockefeller University have identified how the bacterium that causes leprosy targets the peripheral nerve, the crucial step leading to nerve damage in this disease.

NEAR Spacecraft Closing In On Eros
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe is about to make several engine burns prior to slipping into orbit around asteroid 433 Eros on Jan.
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