Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 05, 2003
NHGRI launches Social and Behavioral Research Branch
The new branch will develop cutting-edge approaches to translating the discoveries from the recently completed Human Genome Project into interventions for health promotion and disease prevention, and for counseling patients and families dealing with the impact of devastating genetic disorders.

Fertility worries common in young breast cancer survivors
A survey of young breast cancer survivors found that more than half likely overestimated their risk for developing treatment related infertility, according to researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

NYU Child Study Center raises nearly $3.2 million at annual child advocacy award dinner
On Wednesday, December 3, 2003 the NYU Child Study Center raised nearly $3.2 million, a record setting amount, at the Sixth Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner held at the Regent Wall Street.

Genetic info of cloned pigs may help babies before birth
The birth of the first cloned animals in North Carolina may soon lead to advances in animal and human health, particularly the prevention of intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR).

Motherhood lessens teen delinquency, study shows
Unmarried adolescent mothers who keep their babies have lower rates of juvenile delinquency than girls who have abortions or give up their babies for adoption, according to new research.

Scientists solve puzzle of how kinesin motor molecules walk - or limp - across cells
Biophysicists at Stanford University have finally answered one of the most fundamental questions in molecular biology: How does the tiny motor molecule, known as kinesin, move across a living cell?

Roche files marketing application for Avastin with European health authorities
Roche today announced the submission of a Marketing Authorisation application to the European Union for Avastin (bevacizumab, rhuMAb-VEGF) as a treatment for first-line metastatic colorectal cancer in combination with chemotherapy.

Tumor vaccine to begin clinical trials
A tumor vaccine developed at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida,is headed for clinical trials with advanced breast-cancer patients in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Introgen Therapeutics Inc.

Copper wire shown to be competitive with fiber optic cable for LANS
Penn State engineers have developed and simulation tested a copper wire transmission scheme for distributing a broadband signal over local area networks (LANS) with a lower average bit error rate than fiber optic cable that is 10 times more expensive.

Professor uses satellites to protect Amazon forests, global climate
The Amazon is the world's largest rain forest and home to an untold number of species and natural resources.

First phylogeographic study of a rainforest tree
In species-rich rainforests of the New World tropics most trees have broad geographic distributions-from Mexico to Bolivia and sometimes to the West Indies.

Major advance in chemotherapy in breast cancer
A Docetaxel (Taxotere®)-based regimen reduced the relative risk of death in women with early stage breast cancer by 30 percent and lowered the relative risk of the cancer returning by 28 percent when compared to a standard adjuvant (post-surgery) regimen after 55-month follow-up.

Climate linked to the quality of musical instrument making
Columbia University scientists presents a hypothesis on the climatic catalyst behind the tonal superiority of the 17th and 18th century violinmakers.

Ultra-thin coating traps DNA on a leash
A coating that tethers DNA to a glass surface and allows the molecule to attach in three different places could make DNA microarrays denser and more affordable, according to Penn State material scientists.

ASH presents advocacy awards to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Claude Lenfant, M.D.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor two leaders and champions of health research with this year's Advocacy Awards.

American Society of Hematology sponsors high school symposium at San Diego annual meeting
The American Society of Hematology, in conjunction with its 45th Annual Meeting, will host an interactive half-day symposium today for more than 200 local high school students.

New research in seizure treatment at American Epilepsy Society meeting
More than 3,000 physicians, researchers, nurses and other health care professionals from around the world have gathered in Boston starting today through Wednesday, Dec.

Torture Victim's Relief Act 2003 may benefit traumatized refugees at OHSU Torture Treatment Clinics
Oregon Health & Science University's Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) is among 20 U.S. torture treatment programs that currently receive federal funding and are eligible for future funding from the recently passed Torture Victim's Relief Act 2003 (HR 1813).

National study seeks cause of baffling, fatal disorder called multiple system atrophy
A better understanding of a baffling, frequently misdiagnosed disease called Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA) will be sought by researchers at 12 sites in the U.S. as part of a five-year $7 million grant from the NIH.

Premier international meeting provides latest news and issues in blood disorders
More than 20,000 physicians and scientists from around the world will gather for the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the premier multidisciplinary event in blood disease research, which takes place December 6 - 9, 2003, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Plant pathologists express need for plant pathology-related microbial culture resources
Microbial culture collections have played a crucial part in accelerating the progress of research in the biological sciences, but a collection dedicated to plant pathogens is still needed say plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

EGFR status linked to poor survival in advanced breast cancer patients
Looking back at 14 years of data, researchers at The University of Texas M.

UCI receives $7 million in new grants to advance biomedical research through computer science
UC Irvine's Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB) has been awarded four grants totaling nearly $7 million to further biomedical computing research and improve educational training.

Purdue researchers create templates on retinal tissues
Researchers at Purdue University have created scaffold-like patterns on the surface of a pig's retina, making templates out of molecular compounds called peptides that could promote the growth of transplanted healthy cells to treat age-related macular degeneration. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to