Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 12, 1999
Duke Scientists Engineer 'Stealth Virus' To Deliver Genes
Duke University Medical Center researchers report that they have modified a common virus so that it can carry corrective genes to defective cells without stimulating an immune response.

Problems In Pregnancy Linked To Schizophrenia In Young Men
Problems during pregnancy and the birth process are risk factors for the development of schizophrenia in young men, says a study in this week's BMJ by Christina Hultman from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and colleagues from Europe and Japan.

Public And Private Healthcare Must Pool Resources To Beat Cancer
The public and private health sectors should pool their resources to establish a London-based UK Cancer Centre says Professor Karol Sikora, who heads up the WHO Cancer Programme.

Early Parental Loss And Vulnerability To Psychiatric Disorder
A controlled study showed that loss of a parent during childhood, particularly if due to permanent separation (rather than death) occuring before the age of 9 years, was significantly associated with depression and schizophrenia in adult life and and to a lesser extent with bipolar disorder.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Honored For Transferring Technology
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Live Kidney Donors Could Hold The Key To Organ Shortage
Greater use of kidneys from living donors offers scope for increasing the number of kidney transplants argue Michael Nicholson, Professor of Surgery at Leicester General Hospital and Andrew Bradley, Professor of Surgery at Addenbrookes, in an editorial in this week's BMJ.

'Don't Brand Individuals With Large-Population Studies'
People who make public policy or testify in legal proceedings erroneously apply population-based findings to explain individual behavior, warns a pediatrics researcher.

Gene Study Shows Turtles Are Next Of Kin To Crocodiles And Alligators
Turtles, not birds, are the closest relatives of crocodiles and alligators, according to an analysis of the largest available collection of reptile genes.

Topical Agent Found To Kill Papillomavirus
A common surfactant and detergent found in many shampoos and toothpastes is the first topical microbicidal agent shown to kill animal and human papillomavirus, according to a Penn State researcher.

Porous "Nanobubblepack" Materials Discovered
A new class of porous materials with an orderly crystal-like arrangement of ultra-small spherical spaces has been discovered by chemists at Penn State.

Next Stop: The Stars
The Chandra X-ray Observatory moved one step closer to launch this week after being installed in a clean room for final tests and other work at the Kennedy Space Center.

$5.7 Million NIH Grant To UB Center For Hearing And Deafness To Fund Four Major Projects On Acquired Hearing Loss
The University at Buffalo's Center for Hearing and Deafness, one of the world's leading hearing research laboratories, has received a $5.7 million program project grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand studies geared to understanding and treating acquired hearing loss, a condition affecting 28 million people in the United States alone.

Scientists Discover Key Cog In Receptor That Governs Ripening
Digging deep into the protein molecules that govern ripening and aging in plants, scientists have found an ion of copper - - and a genetic link to some of the oldest life forms on the planet.

Low Birth Weight And Rapid Catch Up Growth Are Risk Factors For Heart Disease
Men who had low birth weight or were thin at birth have high death rates from coronary heart disease.

Controlling Sexually Transmitted Diseases May Not Lower HIV Infection Rate
Clinical trials in a Ugandan population infected with HIV has shown that despite reductions in STD's, HIV incidence was not reduced by STD control measures.

Farmworkers Love Their Jobs, Study Finds
A University of California Cooperative Extension study found that farmworkers love their jobs, however, they can suggest improvements, most notably higher wages and respectful treatment.
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