Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 10, 2005
Strengthening coffee
Is your cup of coffee suffering from fertility problems? The difference between instant (Robusta) and filter coffee (Arabica) lies in the self-incompatibility of its reproductive cells.

Scientists uncover new clues about brain function in human behavior
Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a genetically controlled brain mechanism responsible for social behavior in humans--one of the most important but least understood aspects of human nature.

Researchers discover how tumor suppressor gene works
Researchers have discovered the likely mechanism by which a tumor suppressor gene works to prevent melanoma and other cancers.

Gene for immune deficiency syndromes found
A newly discovered gene mutation may account for many cases of immune deficiency, in particular two syndromes known as immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency and Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), which make people highly susceptible to infections.

Global warming increases oyster sensitivity to pollution
Eating oysters on a hot sunny afternoon sounds great, but it may not last forever.
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