Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 10, 2001
New research on peer review and medical research to be presented at JAMA/BMJ Conference
JAMA and the BMJ Publishing Group will host the Fourth International Congress on Peer Review in Biomedical Publication from September 14-16, in Barcelona, Spain.

Knockout of cav-1 protein causes loss of a cellular organelle
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, the Franz Volhard Clinic of the Charité, Humboldt-University Berlin and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin-Buch, were able to cause loss of caveolae and by studying mice lacking this organelle, describe the function of caveolae in mammals.

ViaCell Inc., the world's largest umbilical cord blood research and banking company comments on Bush administration's decision
ViaCell, Inc., a fully-integrated cellular therapy company committed to enabling the development of additional therapeutic applications for umbilical cord blood stem cells, commended the Bush Administration's decision to support additional funding for alternative sources of stem cells.

John D. Gearhart's response to President Bush's stem cell decision
John D. Gearhart responds to President Bush's Stem Cell Decision.

Study points to eventual adult impairments for teens who abuse nicotine
Results of a study performed by a Penn State researcher with adolescent rats suggests that teenagers who smoke or abuse nicotine patches may be setting themselves up for depression, anxiety, memory or attention problems as adults.

BioMed Central embraces the Open Archives Initiative
BioMed Central has now implemented support for the Open Archives Initiative, in line with our policy of promoting wider indexing of BioMed Central's journals.

Socialization messages in American primary schools: An organizational analysis
A widespread belief among the American public is that schools no longer

August news briefs
Daily alcohol consumption by women whose mothers, sisters or daughters have breast cancer further increases their risk for getting the cancer, according to a Mayo Clinic study in the current issue of the journal, Cancer.

Structure solved by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute marks important milestone in effort to develop HIV vaccine
Scientists working in The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and at the Glycobiology Institute at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, have elucidated the structure of an antibody that effectively neutralizes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), reported in the current issue of the journal Science.

Roundtable on Integrating Work and Family Life: A Holistic Approach
Aging parents, two high pressure jobs, deadlines in the office and a sick child home from school -- what do families and society do to cope?

Media Advisory
On Friday, Oct. 12, Duke University will host a conference titled

Stem cell research is vital to finding cures for blinding diseases
Stem cell research, which holds promise for treatments for a wide variety of diseases, is just as promising for curing some forms of blindness, vision scientists say.

UMass hurricane hunters flying back into the eyes of storms
University of Massachusetts researchers will be flying into the eyes of hurricanes again this year, using high-tech weather sensors developed at the University. 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