Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 18, 2003
The magic behind merlin
A new study reveals an essential role for the merlin protein in maintaining the junctions between cells - a significant advance in understanding the tumor suppressor function of this protein, and how mutations in the gene that encodes it can contribute to cancer.

Structure reveals key to important gene regulator
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Colorado has discovered a chink in the structure of a gene-controlling protein critical in regulating the growth and death of immune, brain and muscle cells, they report in the April 17 issue of Nature.

Accountability tops researchers agenda at Chicago meeting
In a year when accountability in education tops the education agenda from the federal to local levels, educational researchers will consider accountability issues at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.

IUPAC report- Natural and synthetic substances
The IUPAC Subcommittee on Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development reached the conclusion that natural substances and synthetic compounds are complementary as sources for new drugs.

Membrane separation technology produces myriad applications in numerous industries
Moving beyond early applications such as the clarification of wine, membrane separation's strong presence and successful application in the chemical and other industries seem to suggest that this revolutionary technology is here to stay.

Rapid increase of opioids benefits some dying pediatric cancer patients
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that terminally ill children with cancer who have neuropathic pain require more opioids during the final days of life than those without neuropathic pain.

Nanotechnology may help overcome current limitations of gene therapy
Scientists from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have created a hybrid

AACR reschedules annual meeting for July 11-14 in Washington, D.C.
The Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research has voted to reschedule the AACR 94th Annual Meeting -- cancelled in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month as a result of the SARS outbreak -- for July 11-14 in the new Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

'Education governor' to address education researchers
Former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. will deliver a major address, How I Know that We Can Make Every School Work and Help Every Child Learn, during the American Educational Research Association's 84th Annual Meeting next week in Chicago.

NSF researchers to help modern organizations adapt and respond in the information age
Kathleen Carley and Ray Levitt are leading two National Science Foundation (NSF) projects being supplemented by $4 million over two years as part of the Management of Knowledge-Intensive Dynamic Systems (MKIDS) program.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to manufacture investigative drugs and vaccines
Because pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest in R&D for certain drugs that can benefit children, St.
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