Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 02, 2002
Computational geneticists revisit a mystery in evolution
Why, biologists first asked 60 years ago, do members of the same species have such similar traits, or phenotypes, despite the fact that they have such diverse genes, or genotypes?

2002 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting to be held in Baltimore, Oct. 15-19
The international genetics community will be represented by more than 3,000 scientists presenting their most recent research at the 52nd Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics to be held in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center from October 15-19, 2002.

The effects of human-caused atmospheric changes on tropical forests
For more than a century humans have been changing the composition of the world's atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, agriculture, and other activities.

Brain can reorganize after traumatic injury
People who have suffered a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can recover some of their memory function by using alternate brain networks, according to a new study in the August 2002 issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

International conference on bioorganic reactions set for Aug. 15-17 by UB Department of Chemistry
Bioorganic reactions, essentially the reactions that distinguish living systems from nonliving ones, will be the subject of an international symposium to be held at the University at Buffalo on Aug.

Gulf buoy network to aid in red tide early warning systems
Oceanographer Lisa Campbell thinks waiting until dead fish wash up on the beach is too late to identify the onset of toxic

Surprise, surprise, surprise: Hopkins scientists unexpectedly create epilepsy in rats
One of the brain's most important chemical messengers has led Johns Hopkins School of Medicine researchers on a wild ride.

New design tool analyzes cost of operating a building over its lifetime
Imagine being able to estimate the energy life-cycle costs of a new building by simply entering numbers into a software program.

Black holes' fatal attraction triggers galaxies' change of heart
Supermassive black holes at the hearts of large galaxies merge when their host galaxies do, say Professor David Merritt of Rutgers University, New Jersey, and Professor Ron Ekers of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney, Australia.

New predictive marker found for prostate and colon cancer
A protein that interacts with the gene for Huntington's disease could also help physicians diagnose and more effectively treat patients with two of the most common and deadly forms of cancer, according to a new University of Michigan study.
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