Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 26, 2002
Genetically modified eggplants (aubergines) shown to be 30% more productive
Research, published in the online journal, BMC Biotechnology shows how researchers in Italy have used genetically modified eggplants made by the introduction of a gene that increases the level of the plant hormone indole acetic acid (IAA) to produce seedless fruits.

From nanotechnology to raspberries, Virginia Tech inventions and creations can improve our lives
Virginia Tech faculty members, students, and staff received 15 patents, plus eight plant variety protection patents during 2001.

Long-term survival results favor chemotherapy before surgery for locally advanced breast cancer
Long-term survival results from a breast cancer treatment study begun in 1992 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center strongly favor chemotherapy followed by surgery for women with large, locally advanced tumors.

International Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) Conference at Rutgers Newark
Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) researchers from around the world will convene at Rutgers-Newark for an

Protecting drinking water from disease transmission by means of zeolite filters
Scientists have experimented with the removal of viruses from drinking waterby using a filter made of naturally occurring minerals known as zeolites.

Polycystic ovaries can lead to coronary artery calcification, says University of Pittsburgh
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at risk for premature calcification in their coronary arteries -- an indication of premature cardiovascular disease, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher who presented these findings at the American Heart Association's Conference on Cardiovascular Disease and Epidemiology Prevention.

NIH grants infrastructure awards for human embryonic stem cell research
The National Institutes of Health announced today the granting of four resource infrastructure enhancement awards for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research.

Smoking cessation success equally good with over-the-counter or prescription nicotine replacement
Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as a skin patch or gum, when used by smokers on their own as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, safely yield smoking cessation success rates as good as when administered under a physician's prescription, according to study results in the current issue of Addiction.

Science leaders to open Global Science & Technology week with webcast
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies will celebrate Global Science & Technology Week (GSTW) April 28-May 4.

ACP-ASIM releases plan to eliminate uninsured by 2009
ACP-ASIM urged Congressional staff to support a plan to eliminate the uninsured by supplementing successful programs offered by commercial insurers, states and the federal government.

Nanotech control device developed
In the science of the small, precision and accuracy really count.

Model allows better understanding of groundwater contamination
How easily metals such as cobalt, copper and lead travel through the environment depends on the compounds they form in the soil and how these dissolve in water. 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