Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 30, 2006
Hearts or tails?
A new paper in the October 1 issue of G&D elucidates the genetics of heart formation in the sea squirt, and lends surprising new insight into the genetic changes that may have driven the evolution of the multi-chambered vertebrate heart.

Large European survey reveals critical gaps in breast cancer patient education and communication
Results from a recent survey of European women with early breast cancer, presented for the first time at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) congress, show that the information needs of patients are not being met and that there is an unacceptably low level of patient involvement in potentially life-extending treatment decisions.

Gene key to taste bud development identified
Scientists have identified a gene that controls the development of taste buds.

Men, women have similar rates of compulsive buying, Stanford study shows
Contrary to popular opinion, nearly as many men as women experience compulsive buying disorder, a condition marked by binge buying and subsequent financial hardship, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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