Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 07, 1999
Yale Cancer Center researchers find ways to switch off cancer cells' protection
Yale Cancer Center researchers have identified two mechanisms to disable the Survivin gene, an inhibitor of apoptosis.

Scientists use Salmonella to fight cancer in first human trials
A genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Salmonella has been given to the first cancer patients enrolled in a clinical trial.

Study shows secretin fails to benefit children with autism
The first of a number of studies sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has shown that treatment with a synthetic version of the hormone secretin offered no more benefit for children with autism than did treatment with a placebo.

Yale child psychiatrist supports results of autism treatment study that shows a popular drug is ineffective
A treatment for autistic children that was touted by the media and anxious parents as a wonder drug has been shown to have no effect, highlighting the need for controlled studies, according to a Yale psychiatrist.

El NiƱo triggers tropical forest reproduction
On the island of Borneo, the world's second largest tropical rain forest is dying.

Gene found for Papillon-Lefevre syndrome--a disorder affecting skin and gums
Scientists have tracked down the gene responsible for Papillon-Lefevre syndrome (PLS), a rare but devastating condition that produces areas of thick, cracked skin and causes people to lose all their teeth by the time they are young adults.

Grant to provide training for scientists in Europe and Latin America
A program that has helped train biomedical scientists in Latin America will expand to parts of Europe through a $1.05 million HHMI grant to the U.S.

Stress theory helps predict volcanic eruptions
Borrowing a theory from materials science, researchers are learning how bubbles in volcanic magma cause sudden hurling of rocks and spewing of poisonous gases.

Historical information available on Taq polymerase findings at the University of Cincinnati
Historical background information is available from the University of Cincinnati department of biological sciences concerning this week's ruling overturning a Taq polymerase patent held by Hoffman-La Roche.

Students at Rensselaer design 'smart' parking lot
Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., have designed a

Early planet formation triggers planet offspring
Interaction between massive planets and the disks of gas and dust from which they formed are vital in determining the shape of planetary systems, suggest two former University of Toronto researchers.

'Chaos' theory empowers researchers to predict epileptic seizures
GAINESVILLE---Inspired by an intriguing mathematical concept known as chaos theory, Florida researchers have developed a technique for predicting some types of epileptic seizures minutes to hours before they begin.

MIT researchers 'amplify' atoms
A team of ONR-supported MIT researchers led by Wolfgang Ketterle report in the December 9 issue of Nature that they have created a device that increases the number of particles in a beam of atoms.

1,000 Shares of Magnetar at 12-1/2!
Here's a hot stock tip: the market, earthquakes, traffic jams, and magnetars follow the same power law.

Bionic nerves to battle wasting muscle
Tiny implants that act as artificial neurons could prevent muscle wasting in stroke patients, claim researchers in Los Angeles.

NASA Langley Research Center 1999 Fall AGU tip sheet
NASA Langley Research Center scientists will report on new atmospheric science discoveries and areas of exploration at the 1999 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco the week of December 13-17.

Big brother has a lot to answer for
Doctors in Ontario have shown that the youngest of several brothers is more likely to show random asymmetries in his body shape.

Molecular traffic signal could be new HIV drug target
A single HIV protein acts as a molecular traffic signal to regulate crucial steps in the virus' life cycle, a new study has found.

Does Hale-Bopp have a moon?
Comet Hale-Bopp has a moon, says a NASA physicist in California.

Engineer uses the Internet to teach the science of winter highway maintenance
A University of Iowa engineering professor is using the Internet to teach winter highway maintenance skills to department of transportation professionals located in Washington State, Canada and other locations.

Study finds no evidence hormone benefits autism
Contrary to what early publicity suggested, North Carolina researchers found no evidence that a single dose of the synthetic human hormone secretin benefited children with autism, an often severe developmental disorder.

Meet the chemical that lets sea creatures thrive
How do deep-sea creatures thrive under such high pressures? An American marine biologist has found the chemical that helps proteins keep their shape under the crushing pressure of the depths.

Yale students develop "Gun Guard" to keep children and loaded handguns apart
A group of Yale students have developed a device called Gun Guard that keeps children under age six from playing with loaded handguns, while still offering protection for gun owners. 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