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March 11, 2001
Penn receives $1.2 million grant for further development of Compstatin, a drug to halt an overzealous immune system
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Researchers have found a way to control complement, the immune system's first line of defense, with Compstatin.

Mars' volcanoes may have melted ice, producing water necessary for "life" on red planet
Two of the oldest volcanoes on Mars are providing clues to the possibility of life on the planet, according to preliminary analysis by University at Buffalo geologists of new data from the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) and the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), currently orbiting the planet.

UMass gemstone expert helping to stamp out "dirty" diamonds
A University of Massachusetts geologist is among researchers hoping that science can help bring peace to war-torn Africa.

NASA, Marshall Center honored with prestigious education award for Spacelink Web site
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Telemedicine technology is shaping the future of health care
An ambulance that relays real-time information to a trauma center, allowing stroke patients to receive optimal care during the critical time known as the

Heart rhythm drug also helps some failing hearts
Individuals with heart failure may have another drug treatment option, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

U.S. Congress creates national multiple sclerosis training site at UT Southwestern
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas will be the site of the new National Training Program for the Comprehensive Care of Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis funded by the U.S.

How to cope with a patient who wants to die - Study examines physicians' responses to requests for assisted suicide
Physicians whose patients request help in ending their lives face moral, legal and professional pitfalls in responding to these requests.

Study finds that medicare patients give higher overall marks to nonprofit than for-profit health plans
When it comes to their overall experience with their health plan, Medicare patients rate for-profit and nationally affiliated managed health care plans much lower than not-for- profit or local plans, according to a recent study by Harvard researchers.

Rensselaer receives $360 million gift
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has obtained a gift of $360 million, the largest gift ever to any public or private university in the United States.

Record of ancient climates can be a map to riches
Virginia Tech researchers are looking at the rock record from the last 600 million years to study the past history of climate change and to determine where oil and gas may be hidden.

Data mining subject of UIC Conference
University of Illinois at Chicago co-sponsors

Anthropologists find evidence of early humans in southern China cave
An international team of researchers, including University of Cincinnati anthropologist Lynne Schepartz has discovered evidence of early humans dating back over 200,000 years deep inside a southern China cave. 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