Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 19, 1999
NOVANTRONE application for multiple sclerosis granted priority review by FDA
FDA review of NOVANTRONE data to be completed within six months

Mobile DNA sequences could be the cause of chromosomal mutations during the evolution of species
Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have discovered that the origin of a natural alteration present in the chromosomes of most Drosophila buzzatii specimens is due to the action of independent DNA sequences, called transposons.

NSF hosts first public hearing of the Commission on Women, Minorities
The National Science Foundation [NSF] will host the first open public hearing of the Congressionally-mandated Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development on Tuesday, July 20, from 8:00 a.m.

Genome Research July tipsheet
Topics in the July issue Genome Research of include:

  • Uncovering New Links to Lung Cancer in Mice

  • Color Me Three Ways: The Evolution of Trichomatic Vision

  • Closing in on Male Germ Cell Tumors

USGS drilling project opens the book on "la underground"
A drilling project that is harvesting 1,000 feet of earth and rock cores from the Los Angeles basin will establish a virtual library of information on the geology of the area, according to scientists from the U.S.

"Braking glitch" may point to massive starquake
Scientists theorize a sudden slowdown of a spinning star is due to a massive starquake and a huge release of gamma-ray energy.

CWRU physicists invent "supershielding" for MRI devices
CWRU researchers have designed a unique method that can remarkably suppress the magnetic fields outside high-tech devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Young rats challenged as model for blood vessel response in older people
A Penn State bioengineer says his experiments with young and old rats show that the response of their blood vessels to compromised circulation is so different as to suggest that young and old human patients may need different treatment based on age

Financial stress doubles periodontal disease risk
High levels of financial stress and poor coping abilities increase twofold the likelihood of developing periodontal (gum) disease, according to a study released today in the current issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

Gene therapy holds promise for treating inherited Lou Gehrig's Disease
Gene therapy with the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor gene halts motor neuron destruction and slows progression of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in laboratory mice, Northwestern University Medical School researchers report.

Oxygen measurements yield greenhouse clues
CSIRO scientists have measured a very small decline in oxygen in our atmosphere that has occurred over the past 20 years.

Clemson University delivers healthy mares and foals
A medication used to treat nausea is now helping horse breeders produce healthier mares and foals and may someday help address problems of infertility in humans, said a Clemson University scientist.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researcher one of five awarded $1 million distinguished young scholars grant
The W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles announced today the recipients of its 1999 Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program.

Heart failure deaths reduced by 30 percent
A new study---led by a leading University of Michigan heart researcher.

Good news for "wusses": Research links pain sensitivity to gene
People vary greatly in their sensitivity to pain: A tetanus shot's pinprick for one person is another's misery.

New biological target identified for cholesterol-lowering drugs
Cholesterol-lowering drugs may have anti- inflammatory effects that increase their potential to reduce a person's risk of heart disease, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cone at odds with perfection
Pitching a perfect game is actually much more likely than winning the lottery, contrary to what David Cone speculated after he pitched one.

SFU author examines mothers and illicit drug use
A criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and a long-time counsellor of women who have used drugs says she's prepared for the scrutiny and criticism that could be ignited by the release of her first book, Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the Myths.

Mechanical forces found to exert larger role in blood vessel health and disease
Cholesterol, dietary fat, drugs and other chemical bio- regulators may get most of the media attention, but Penn State engineers have shown that mechanical forces, including shear stress, stretch and pressure, can play unsuspected but equivalent roles in some aspects of cardiovascular health and disease. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to