Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 22, 2004
UT Southwestern Medical Center acquires Zale Lipshy University, St. Paul University Hospitals
Zale Lipshy and St. Paul University Hospitals will consolidate with UT Southwestern Medical Center Jan.

New dates confirm beginnings of civilization in South America
Recent archaeological excavations and a new series of 95 radiocarbon dates confirm the presence of an extraordinary complex of more than 20 major ceremonial and urban centers extending back 5,000 years.

'Jumping gene' helps explain immune system's abilities
A team led by Johns Hopkins scientists has found the first clear evidence that the process behind the human immune system's remarkable ability to recognize and respond to a million different proteins might have originated from a family of genes whose only apparent function is to jump around in genetic material.

McMaster researchers develop test for rare bleeding disorder
Researchers at McMaster University have developed the first assessment tool of its kind for evaluating risks faced by Canadians suffering from a rare and often fatal bleeding disorder.

HydroGlobe acquired by Graver Technologies
HydroGlobe, a Technogenesis environmental technology company incubated at Stevens Institute of Technology, which produces patented products for the removal of heavy metals - including lead and arsenic - from water, has been acquired by Graver Technologies, a leading manufacturer of filtration and separation products.

Breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy doesn't hurt survival chances
Breast implants after mastectomy to treat breast cancer do not reduce the long-term survival of patients, reveals the first study on the long-term effects of breast implants, published today in Breast Cancer Research.

Cells don festive holiday colors
The latest holiday gifts being offered to the scientific community this season by scientists in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Roger Y.

Immune system contributes to evolution of a new fluorescent protein
Fascinated by the efficient way the human immune system generates a rapid response to create a near-infinite variety of antibodies, researchers have

Inexpensive, mass-produced genes at core of synthetic biology advances at UH
Devices the size of pagers now have greater capabilities than computers that once occupied an entire room.

New test possible aid to overcoming barriers to colon cancer screening
Study published in the December 23 issue of New England Journal of Medicine reports that a non-invasive test for DNA mutations present in stool has an encouraging rate of detecting colorectal cancer compared to the standard non-invasive method -- fecal occult (hidden) blood stool testing, although neither approached the detection rate of colonoscopy.

NSTI announces schedule for 8th Annual Nanotech 2005 Conference
The Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI)announces the schedule for its Nanotech 2005 Conference and Trade Show (
ASTRO patient education campaign wins award
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in Fairfax, Va., has won the Award of Excellence in the 2005 Associations Advance America awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society for Association Executives.

FDA approves Enablex for treatment of overactive bladder
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Enablex® (darifenacin) extended-release tablets (7.5mg and 15mg) for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency.

Evidence for sun-climate link reported by UMaine scientists
A team led by University of Maine scientists has reported finding a potential link between changes in solar activity and the Earth's climate.

Archaeologists demonstrate widespread civilization flourished on Peru's coast 5000 years ago
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The president and the galaxy
A unique and very beautiful image was obtained with the Very Large Telescope of the bright galaxy NGC 1097 during a recent visit of the President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos, to the ESO Paranal Observatory.

MSI reveals invention for detection and precise quantification of molecules
Researchers at The Molecular Sciences Institute revealed means for sensitive detection and precise quantification of arbitrarily designated molecules.

'Casanova' field crickets - live fast, die young
Well-fed male field crickets die young because they spend too much time courting members of the opposite sex, according to research by Australian scientists in the latest edition of Nature. The results reveal how male crickets (Teleogryllus commodus) fed on a high protein diet engaged in more

World's most powerful infrared camera opens its eyes on the heavens
A new astronomical camera has begun operations on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii.

Chromosome 16 publication fulfills DOE's human genome commitment
The US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI), culminating a 16-year effort, has completed its share of the Human Genome Project with the publication of the DNA sequence and analysis of chromosome 16 in the Dec.

Needling chromosomes yields insights into cell division
By impaling individual chromosomes with glass needles one thousandth the diameter of a human hair, a Duke University graduate student has tested their

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center launches in Durham, North Carolina
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in Durham, North Carolina, has launched.

Small band of nurses plays key role keeping germ threats at bay
Flu. Smallpox. Anthrax. Whooping cough. The words represent a veritable murderers' row of infectious agents whose death toll runs in the millions.
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