Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 30, 2002
Risk and Safety in Medical Innovation
Risks associated with new drugs and medical devices challenge expectations for progress in medicine and can undermine public trust in industry, physicians, and the government.

CHF and BIO to present Biotechnology Heritage Award to William J. Rutter
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will present the 2003 Biotechnology Heritage Award to William J.

2003 Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting
The American College of Preventive Medicine invites you to cover its upcoming Annual Meeting--Preventive Medicine 2003.

New study ties moderate beer drinking to lower heart attack risk
A beer a day may help keep heart attacks away, according to a group of Israeli researchers.

Purdue researchers design fishes' diets to make you healthier
Farm-raised fish eating specially formulated diets high in fatty acids could improve people's health and also satisfy different palates, according to Purdue University researchers who are concocting designer menus for aquatic creatures.

Predicting the movement of genes
In a study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications, Charity Cummings (University of Kansas), Helen Alexander (University of Kansas), Allison Snow (Ohio State University), Loren Riesenberg (Indiana University) and colleagues tracked the movement of three specific alleles, or genes, in wild and domesticated sunflowers to determine how often and to what extent these plant populations will hybridize and pass specific genes on to the next generation.

In mutually beneficial relationship, slowest-evolving species gains upper hand
When members of two species compete directly with each other, scientists believe the one that adapts most quickly has the upper hand.

Mathematical prediction of on-off switches in cell division proven
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has experimentally verified the predictions of a mathematical model concerning the regulation of irreversible transitions into and out of mitosis (the division of genetic material during the cell cycle).
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