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May 22, 2002
Physics tip sheet #14 - May 22, 2002
Highlights of this issue include the perfect atomic rake, three-dimensional high-density memory, an improved slow-light proposal and a model of cardiorespiratory synchronization in humans.

NHGRI prioritizes model organisms for sequencing
The National Human Genome Research Institute has prioritized the next group of organisms to be considered for entry into the sequencing pipeline as the current efforts with human, mouse and rat approach completion.

BioNumerik & Grelan present data on novel chemoprotecting agent
BioNumerik Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Grelan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. today announced the presentation of results from a phase 1 clinical study of the novel investigational drug BNP7787 at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held in Orlando this week.

Hunger hormone may be key in weight loss
Thousands of obese Americans know firsthand that gastric bypass surgery can achieve long-term weight loss when dieting, exercise and medications have failed.

Preliminary US study findings support excellent results with CYPHER Sirolimus-eluting Stent
Clinical investigators today reported preliminary findings at The Paris Course on Revascularization (PCR) documenting the excellent results of the CYPHERâ„¢ Sirolimus-eluting Stent in the first 400 patients enrolled in the landmark SIRIUS study.

Research explains possible origin of Parkinson's tremors
A mathematician at Ohio State University and his colleagues may have found the origin of tremors suffered by people with Parkinson's disease.

Columbia dental students chosen for three out of nine NIH summer fellowships in national competition
Columbia University dental students Connie Gao, Xiaoming Zhang, and Magnon Reyes, all members of the class of 2005, have been awarded summer fellowships at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health.

Lawrence Livermore research team finds unique DNA signatures to improve anthrax detection
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with collaborators at Northern Arizona University and Los Alamos National Laboratory, have discovered new DNA regions unique to the bacterium that causes anthrax, potentially providing a way to improve the disease's detection.

NIH convenes consensus conference on hepatitis C
The NIH Consensus Development Program will hold a Consensus Development Conference on Management of Hepatitis C, June 10 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Writing email about traumatic events can improve health
Sure, it's a fast and convenient form of communication and even a method for proliferating corny jokes and outrageous hoaxes, but email, according to a new Texas A&M University study, may actually benefit a person's health when used properly.

OMB/NSF workshop highlights improved performance measures for federal agencies
National experts on program evaluation joined federal government representatives Tuesday to review the latest techniques for measuring government effectiveness at a workshop organized for the Office of Management (OMB) and Budget by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Biodefense team develops faster, safer method of detecting anthrax
The Univeristy of South Florida Center for Biological Defense has developed a new method to more safely and rapidly detect anthrax in powders and on surfaces.

NNSA's Livermore Lab partners with cities and counties to track biological, chemical releases
The City of Seattle will be the first to participate in a National Nuclear Security Administration pilot project to help local communities better plan for and respond to releases of chemical or biological agents.

New program helps protect Asian elephants through crop-raiding prevention
A team of scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and members of local groups and communities in Indonesia have launched a unique initiative designed to reduce crop raiding by the world's largest garden pest - the endangered Asian elephant.

Two plans win Northeastern University's business plan competition
Northeastern University's Center for Technological Management and Entrepreneurship last night announced two winners of this year's $60K Business Plan Competition.

Walking on tiles
A virtual reality device helps Parkinson's Disease and stroke patients walk better.

Muscular dystrophy mouse model yields potential growth factor treatment
An altered mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, developed to have high levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), has shown increases in muscle mass of at least 40 percent and other changes that could herald a possible treatment for secondary symptoms of the disease in humans.

Venlafaxine significantly effective for children and teens with generalized anxiety disorder
Venlafaxine HCl is a significantly effective and well-tolerated treatment for children and adolescents who have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), according to clinical trial data presented at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.

Calcium-dependent potassium channels as target to increase drug delivery to brain tumors
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have identified what may be a major step toward providing significantly more effective drug therapy for patients suffering from brain tumors.

Study finds autoimmune link in juvenile Batten disease
A new study shows that mice lacking the gene that is altered in juvenile Batten disease have an immune reaction that disables an important enzyme in the brain.

Influenza infection attracts pneumonia bacteria
Lung cells infected with the influenza A virus are more likely to bind with bacteria that cause pneumonia than uninfected cells, but this phenomenon can be reversed with antiviral treatment.

New on-line tool tailors climate forecasts to fit resource managers' needs
A soon-to-be-released online tool, developed through NASA funding, provides

New organ transplant sensor system unveiled
Scientists at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, have unveiled a monitoring system that can ensure transplant organs arrive in pristine condition for the life-saving surgery.

'Nature' report: Researchers genetically alter mosquitoes to impair malaria transmission
May 23 issue of journal

Insect yields clues to evolution of species
Studies of a California insect, the walking stick, are helping to illuminate the process of evolution of new species, according to research published in this week's issue of Nature.

Scientists to discuss bioterrorism
In July, plant health scientists from around the world will meet in Wisconsin where one of the key subjects under discussion will be crop protection and bioterrorism. 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