Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 09, 2003
Two successful violence prevention programs highlight need of early intervention
Research shows that teenagers who commit violent acts such as homicide or assaults often showed signs of aggressive behaviors while in elementary school, such as hitting, kicking and using verbal insults and threats.

Childhood exposure to media violence predicts young adult aggressive behavior
Children's viewing of violent TV shows, their identification with aggressive same-sex TV characters, and their perceptions that TV violence is realistic are all linked to later aggression as young adults, for both males and females.

Car fanciers' experience mental traffic jams when viewing autos and faces simultaneously
Aficionados may not only treat their automobiles as if they are people, but it now appears that they recognize their cars with the special part of the brain that is also used to identify faces.

Study pinpoints regulator of imprinted gene expression
New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an important contribution to a new wave of thinking in genetics: the idea that not all human disease states are due to alterations in DNA sequence.Study shows for the first time that the gene,Eed, is required for the proper epigenetic regulation of a subset of genes that normally show parent of origin expression, known as genome imprinting.
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