Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 31, 2003
University of Chicago instruments to reach comet, Mars in same busy week
University of Chicago scientists will start the new year at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., with a heavy agenda of extraterrestrial activities.

January 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the January 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available.

First link found in humans between common gene and artery-clogging disease
Scientists have found the first strong link in humans between a common gene and risk for the disease that leads to most heart attacks and strokes, according to results of a study by researchers at the University of Southern California and at UCLA.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for January 2004 (first issue)
Newsworthy highlights include the following studies: Canadian investigators concluded that the long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids is not associated with fracture in older patients; researchers found that low production of interferon plus low levels of an agent from the immune system increased an infant's chances of developing recurrent wheeze; and medical scientists believe that chronic cough is due to the abnormal release of inflammatory and cough-producing substances within the airway.

Antiviral drug, valacyclovir, reduces genital herpes transmission
An international team of researchers finds that taking a single daily dose of an approved antiviral drug known as valacyclovir can reduce the transmission of genital herpes to uninfected partners by 50 percent.

Scientist challenges interpretation of new find, the oldest primate fossil ever discovered
A skull and jawbones recently found in China is the oldest well-preserved primate fossil ever discovered and the best evidence of the presence of early primates in Asia.

The end of the line for silicon dioxide?
The scientific results achieved by Clemens J. Först, Karlheinz Schwarz - both at TU Vienna - as well as Christopher R.

World's leading 'mad cow' diagnostic company, responds to USDA's additional BSE protection measures
Prionics®-Check WESTERN is the most accurate rapid-test procedure in the world.

MIT helps unlock life-extending secrets of calorie restriction
Shedding light on why drastically restricting calorie intake prolongs life span in some organisms, MIT researchers report in the Jan.

Major cause of painful gastroenteritis under study at MCG
It may have made the B list for bioterrorism agents, but Campylobacter jejuni is on the A list when it comes to causes of painful gastroenteritis.

Ocean life depends on single circulation pattern in Southern Hemisphere
A study has shown that marine life around the world is surprisingly dependent on a single ocean circulation pattern in the Southern Hemisphere where nutrient-rich water rises from the deep and spreads across the seas. 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