Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 14, 2003
Experimental Biology 2004 meets in Washington, D.C. April 17-21
Experimental Biology 2004 will bring together more than 12,000 independent scientists, representing 32 different biological and biomedical societies from the United States and other nations.

Venom hunt finds 'harmless' snakes a potential danger
An Australian scientist on the evolutionary hunt for the first venomous snake found not only his snake, but that many assumed harmless snakes contain venom as toxic as the deadly cobra.

When alcohol consumption evolves from a 'social lubricant' into a 'crutch'
Individuals with social anxiety disorder are pained at the thought of being scrutinized, and have an extreme fear of looking foolish to others.

Tools from the Human Genome Project reveal a versatile microbe
Now that the human genome has been sequenced, sequencing know-how is turning to other organisms.

Study finds fewer than half of early stage breast cancer patients get full chemotherapy doses
Data being published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology point to an alarming pattern in breast cancer treatment -- less than half of women with early stage breast cancer whose records were evaluated received their full, recommended dose of potentially life-saving chemotherapy.

Alcoholics with antisocial personality disorder have blunted emotional reactivity
Emotional reactivity refers to how people respond to pleasant and unpleasant events.

Not all forms of anger lead to alcohol-related aggression
The association among anger, alcohol and aggression is not as clear as it may first seem.

Blocking selected neurotransmitter activity may decrease alcohol consumption
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a neurotransmitter that is integral to neurobiological functions such as anxiety, pain, memory and feeding behaviors.
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