Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 07, 2003
Herpes research uncovers possible clue to Alzheimer's disease
Investigating the transport mechanisms of the herpes simplex virus, researchers at Brown University and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., discovered, for the first time, a physical connection between the herpes virus and amyloid precursor protein (APP).

McGill Research University of the Year
McGill University has been declared Canadian Research University of the Year (Medical/Doctoral category) by Research Infosource Inc..

British Antarctic Survey wins environment award
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), is winner of a national

Jefferson Scientists define new cell type that may lead to clues about Kaposi's sarcoma
The origin of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), a rare cancer that sometimes afflicts those infected with HIV, the AIDS virus, has puzzled researchers.

The biggest solar X-ray flare ever is classified as X28
It has been announced that the massive solar X-ray flare which occurred on 4 November was, at best estimate, an X28.

Coping behaviors linked to female chromosome
Coping behaviors appear to be linked to at least three genes on the X, or female, chromosome, Northwestern University researchers report.

Handbook aims to help developing countries health research grow into industries
A guide developed by the Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development aimed at assisting developing countries public research institutions in managing their intellectual property and in bringing their discoveries to the public.

Scientists at Scripps discover a genetic cause for primary iron overload
Three studies to be published in the November/December issue of the scientific journal Blood Cells, Molecules, & Diseases describe the discovery of a genetic mutation that could be responsible for causing the metabolic disorder, primary iron overload, common among people of African descent.

Illinois researchers create world's fastest transistor -- again
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have broken their own record for the world's fastest transistor.

ACPM recommends reproductive health care benefits for adolescents
ACPM has issued a new position statement calling on state health insurance programs to pay for comprehensive reproductive health services for adolescents.

19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
Hundreds of researchers will gather in Huntsville, Ala., on Nov.

NHGRI selects sequencing centers
The National Human Genome Research Institute announces new sequencing efforts that will build on success of the Human Genome Project.

NIH student loan repayment awards increase by 66 percent
In brief: NIH announced 1,200 two-year contracts for student loan repayments averaging $52,800 each.

Stepping way out: Scripps scientists watch clam feet elongate far from the shell
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have documented what they are calling possibly the most extreme case of animal structure elongation documented to date.

URI awarded $5.6 million federal grant for alcohol preventive intervention strategies
The University of Rhode Island was awarded a total of $5.6 million in federal funding for its ongoing and proposed efforts to reduce alcohol abuse among college students.
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