Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 12, 1999
Maybe you can get blood from a turnip after all
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are genetically modifying tobacco plants to produce human blood proteins and tissue growth factors.

Pennsylvania statewide stream and ground-water levels available online from USGS
As a public service during the current drought period, the Pennsylvania District Office of the U.S.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs provide double protection against heart disease
Cholesterol-lowering drugs may ward off a secondary complication of high blood cholesterol, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Mayo Clinic study shows dietary supplement may help fight heart disease
A recent Mayo Clinic study in the journal Circulation finds that the dietary supplement L-arginine -- touted by the supplement industry as an enhancer for everything from athletic to sexual performance -- improves chest pain symptoms in patients with early heart disease.

When is a pollinator not a pollinator? Tales from an insect crime scene...
Danger looms for the lovely, red, trumpet-shaped blossoms of the scarlet gilia, a Rocky Mountain plant.

New nationwide study in six cities will look at the method & message for changing risky HIV behavior
A nationwide study being launched in six U.S. cities is designed to answer one of the major unknowns of the AIDS epidemic: What type of one-on-one counseling is most effective in changing high-risk behavior to prevent HIV infection?

African dust called a major factor affecting southeast U.S. air quality
African dust, blown across the Atlantic each summer, constitutes up to half the breathable particles in Miami's air.

Argonne National Laboratory agreement will boost UNC-CH's research capabilities
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Thanks to a new agreement with the Argonne National Laboratory, structural biologists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill now have direct access to ultra-powerful X-ray facilities that will enable them to conduct more sophisticated biological studies and complete some projects 10 times faster.

Two-for-one special: industrial enzymes and food
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is growing valuable industrial enzymes in non-edible portions of potatoes and other crops.

NuMI detector cavern groundbreaking July 20 at Soudan Mine
Scientists and officials of the U.S. Department of Energy, the State of Minnesota, DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Minnesota will break ground in a former iron mine, now a Minnesota state park, to house a new detector to study the subatomic particles called neutrinos.

Correlation between brain shrinkage and education found
Among the healthy elderly, people with higher education levels exhibit more severe brain shrinkage with age than people with fewer years of education.

Hospital study shows more patients could qualify for free care coverage
Practically all patients whose care in Massachusetts hospitals are reimbursed out of state free-care funds have incomes within guidelines for such care.
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