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January 16, 2002

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1.  Science News: "Method Screens for Anticancer Compounds"
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-Visualizing Protein Gradients In Situ

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have observed, for
the first time, a protein gradient in developing fruit fly embryos believed
to trigger the division of the embryo into nervous system and different
types of epidermis within complex organisms like humans.

-Greenhouse Emissions Have Slowed

A new NASA-funded study shows that the rate of growth of greenhouse gas
emissions has slowed since its peak in 1980, due in part to international
cooperation that led to reduced chlorofluorocarbon use, slower growth of
methane, and a steady rate of carbon dioxide emissions.

-Olympic Rings Made of Living Nerve Cells

As Salt Lake City prepares for the 2002 Winter Games, University of Utah
bioengineers made tiny, living Olympic Rings from nerve cells to demonstrate
technology that someday might help repair spinal cord injuries from
accidents and brain damage from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other diseases.

-Method Screens for Anticancer Compounds

Researchers have developed a new strategy to identify potential anticancer
compounds. The system makes it possible to screen for compounds that can
selectively kill cells that carry specific mutations often found in cancer
cells, such as those in cell cycle checkpoint proteins.

-Interdisciplinary Research: When Worlds Collide

Check with the human resources office at the Whitehead Institute, and a
strange fact emerges: a significant proportion of the scientists hired last
year to this prestigious biomedical institute are not biologists or
physicians, but physicists, chemists, and mathematicians who have little or
no background in biology or biomedical research.

-Synthetic Inhibitory RNA Fights "Asthma Virus"

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the major cause of asthma and
respiratory illness in children, claiming around a million lives each year.
New research published in the December 20, 2001 issue of BMC Microbiology
reveals how synthetic inhibitory double stranded RNA (siRNA) can be used to
knock out the function of specific RSV genes.

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