Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 26, 2001
Ultrasound in second trimester is not accurate measure to evaluate Down syndrome risk, UCSF study finds
Using ultrasound to detect Down syndrome in fetuses in the second trimester is not an accurate screening measure, though ultrasound is widely used for this purpose in the United States, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.

Patients are more optimistic than their physicians regarding the success of bone marrow transplantation
Patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers who choose to undergo bone marrow transplantation often overestimate the success rate of the procedure according to a study published in the February 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The power of play: Game markets offer serious predictions
Study finds that market games on the web can forecast future events, ranging from oscar winners to the discovery of atomic particles.

Smokers cost US military over $130 million a year
Smokers cost the US military over $130 million a year, almost 1 per cent of the total annual training budget, shows research in Tobacco Control.

Key enzyme responsible for fat development discovered
A little-studied enzyme has been discovered to play a crucial role in adding fat to the body, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco report.

Researchers at Cedars-sinai find four more genes that may play a role in the development of malignant brain tumors
Using technology that enables them to analyze 18,000 genes in a single experiment, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have identified four genes that may play a role in the development of certain types of malignant brain tumors.

New analysis of meteorite shows key ingredients for life on earth may have been delivered by comets
An object that fell to Earth more than 136 years ago has revealed new clues about the origin of meteorites in space and new information about how life may have started on early Earth.

Researchers turn fat cells into cartilage
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center report taking what they believe is the first important step toward creating functional cartilage from a virtually limitless source -- human fat.

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