Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 02, 2004
African Americans, especially women, build up their numbers in architecture
The informal sorority of black, female architects may be the nation's smallest profession.

UI examines issues related to research involving prisoners
Over the years, valid concerns have been raised whether research should be allowed in prison settings, based on ethical problems in the past and the fact that prisoners inherently have less free will while incarcerated.

East meets West with a traditional herbal cure for jaundice
Jaundice, the yellowing of the skin following accumulation of the bile pigment bilirubin, is common in newborns.

Researchers find key gene in production of egg and sperm
Thanks to meiosis, humans and other organisms are capable of sexual reproduction, which produces offspring that contain a mix of their parents' genes.

Persistently abnormal liver function tests: Marker of occult hepatitis C?
Patients with persistently abnormal liver function tests but no serologic evidence of liver disease may nevertheless have hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to a study published in the January 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Running afowl: NU researchers first to measure energy used by leg muscles
Researchers at Northeastern University today announced that they have demonstrated that, contrary to previous research, swinging the limbs during the act of running requires a significant fraction of energy.

A viral cure for type 1 diabetes
Viruses can both cause and prevent autoimmune disease. In order to understand this dualism, Matthias von Herrath and colleagues from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California exposed prediabetic mice to viral infections.

What do bad breath, hot dogs, and gastric blood flow have in common? The nitrite anion
Reduction of nitrite to nitric oxide is involved in meat curing and the development of bad breath.
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