Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 03, 2000
Scientists map first structure in important family of proteins
An international team has mapped the first crystal structure of a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), rhodopsin, one of a family of proteins crucial to everything from vision to embryonic development.

2nd European Breast Cancer Conference unites scientists and patients
EBCC is a unique conference which positively encourages interaction between clinicians and patient groups.

TSRI scientists clone gene that regulates circadian rhythms in plants
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have cloned a gene that regulates circadian rhythms in plants, providing an increased understanding of the processes that enable organisms to anticipate and adapt to daily variations in the environment.

This year's presidential race could forever change campaigning
While the outcomes of this summer's political conventions are predictable, the same cannot be said for the campaigns each candidate will wage this fall.

Northwestern researchers map gene mutation that makes mice deaf and causes them to dance
Northwestern University researchers have mapped the deafness mutation in 'jerker' mice to a gene that encodes for the protein espin.

Chemical signatures in rocks provide clues to origin and evolution of oxygen and terrestrial life on Earth
Scientists analyzing some of the oldest-known rocks on Earth have discovered for the first time a way to recover from the geological record details about the evolution of oxygen and ozone in the planet's early atmosphere--two key ingredients that permitted and recorded the expansion of terrestrial life.

Previously secret documents reveal the truth about the tobacco industry
Previously secret internal tobacco industry documents -- now publicly available -- form the basis for three studies in this week's BMJ.

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Even happy experiences can't reduce stress, new research shows
Researchers here have spent the last decade examining how stressful situations can alter the levels of certain hormones in the blood, weakening the immune system and increasing a person's vulnerability to disease.

Children at serious risk from second hand smoke
Three papers in this week's BMJ support a comprehensive approach to protect children from environmental tobacco smoke and prevent them from becoming established smokers.

New materials for nuclear waste storage suggested by Science research
Scientists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan have pinpointed a group of materials that may safely contain radioactive waste for long-term storage.

Monsanto adds support for 'golden rice'; opens its rice genome sequence data to worldwide research community
Monsanto announced today at an agricultural biotechnology symposium in Chennai, India, that it will provide royalty- free licenses for all of its technologies that can help further development of

Peer-reviewed journal devoted to chiropractic research goes on-line
In an effort to provide greater access to current chiropractic research, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the World Chiropractic Alliance, has converted from a print to an electronic publication.

Gene 'shaving' could help doctors predict the efficacy of cancer treatments
A new statistical method that identifies similar groups of genes from large tissue samples could be used by health care professionals to predict the effectiveness of treating patients suffering from a variety of disorders including cancer, according to a research article published in Genome Biology today.

Quality of relationships can affect health, indicated by level of stress hormones, according to new study
It has been known that unpleasant encounters can evoke strong physiological reactions and can be harmful to one's health if exposed to them over a long period of time.

New virtual reality technique helps conquer fear of flying, say researchers
An estimated 10-25 percent of the population suffers from fear of flying.

Study on chromosome ends may aid cancer research
A Princeton scientist has discovered a mechanism that cells use to control the length of their chromosome ends, a process that is thought to go awry in cancer.

Study shows smoking is a leading cause of fire disaster and death worldwide, costing over $27 billion yearly
Based on a worldwide study of smoking-related fire and disaster data, UC Davis epidemiologists show smoking is a leading cause of fires and death from fires globally, resulting in an estimated cost of nearly $7 billion in the United States and $27.2 billion worldwide in 1998. 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