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October 19, 1999
Humboldt prize will enable Colorado State chemist to join German colleagues in studying behavior of molecules on cell surfaces
A Colorado State University researcher, who received a Humboldt Award, will join colleagues in Germany in using laser microscopy to track protein molecules on the surface of cells, research that may eventually lead to an understanding of how the immune system combats disease.

Outbursts result in controversy
Scientist have different ideas to explain the behavior of Soft Gamma Repeaters (SGRs).

NIAID funds three Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Research Centers
NIAID today announced new research awards totaling $1.9 million in first-year funding to support three Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Cooperative Research Centers.

A new type of explosive detector
Explosives detectors that are used to search for bombs in luggage at airports can miss some devices.

Gene mutation tied to deafness found in African-Americans and Caucasians
A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first to establish that a mutation in a gene associated with about 20 percent of all cases of hereditary deafness found in whites is also found in blacks.

Misinterpretation of heart rhythm recordings may cause unnecessary treatments
University of Michigan researchers say a phenomenon, known as electrocardiographic

A safer way of altering genes
Mice engineered to carry an extra artificial chromosome have successfully passed it to their offspring.

Director of Emory Vaccine Center to give Wistar Institute's 1999 Tadeusz J. Wiktor Memorial lecture
Rafi Ahmed, PhD, Director and Professor, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, will give the 1999 Tadeusz J.

Moon mystery
Over the years there have been many unconfirmed reports of strange flashes and fleeting clouds on the Moon.

Annals of Internal Medicine Tip Sheet - October 19, 1999
1 - Tuberculosis Was Transmitted Among Inmates and Guards in a City Jail; 2 - Even Experienced Physicians Face Barriers Detecting Domestic Abuse; 3 - New Vaccines and Drugs Will Improve Preventing and Treating Flu.

UF research ties homosexual behavior in beetle to evolution
In a new hypothesis for a behavior observed in a number of species, two researchers say the process of natural selection may explain homosexual behavior in a beetle that preys on citrus in South Florida.

AAPS announces 1999 award winners
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual awards for excellence in the pharmaceutical sciences.

AAPS announces 1999 Fellows
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) unveiled its 1999 list of Fellows.

Hopkins gene therapy trial is first to activate entire human immune system against prostate cancer
Johns Hopkins cancer researchers report the successful use of human gene therapy to activate the human immune system against metastatic prostate cancer.

Study examines STDs among women-to-women sex partners
Researchers at the University of Washington have begun the first extensive study of lesbian and bisexual women and sexually transmitted diseases. 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