• 9 Dec 1999

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--Doctors and scientists from the University of Pennsylvania today defended their clinical judgment in the case of Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old who died on 17 September while receiving experimental gene therapy.

  • 3 Dec 1999

    Scientists may have found a novel way to block a chain of molecular signals that leads to the most common form of blindness. A compound that jams the receptor for a signaling molecule successfully prevented half the rampant blood vessel growth in the eyes of newborn mice.

  • 2 Dec 1999

    Drugs called statins, taken by tens of millions of people to lower their cholesterol, may be beneficial to bones as well. In tomorrow's Science, researchers report that statins trigger bone growth in rodents.

  • 24 Nov 1999

    The AIDS epidemic shows no signs of slowing, according to United Nations (UN) statistics released yesterday. Some 5.6 million people became infected with HIV this year, and 2.6 million died from the disease. For the first time, more African women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected than men.

  • 22 Nov 1999

    Researchers have found a new approach to treating chronic pain: destroy a small group of pivotal spinal cord nerve cells with a chemical "smart bomb." The treatment makes rats less sensitive to pain, according to a study i

  • 16 Nov 1999

    A new ultrasound imaging technique that does not require contact with the patient's body may soon enable physicians to assess burn injuries with greater accuracy. The device was described earlier this month at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Columbus, Ohio.

  • 9 Nov 1999

    Malaria, the mosquito-borne scourge that kills at least 1.5 million people worldwide each year, has spawned a vigorous counterattack.

  • 1 Nov 1999

    A database of genes that make normal cells go awry and turn cancerous was formally unveiled this week by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). SAGEmap, as it's called, is the first of several gene expression databases in the works.

  • 27 Oct 1999

    MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA--Some athletes and bodybuilders pump themselves with anabolic steroids, compounds that mimic or stimulate the hormone testosterone, to bulk up fast.

  • 22 Oct 1999

    U.S. health agencies appear ready to plow more cash into reducing one type of bioterrorist risk--an attack with the infamous smallpox virus.

  • 19 Oct 1999

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A drug used to protect U.S. troops in case of a nerve gas attack may be the cause of the Gulf War Syndrome, according to a study released by the Department of Defense today.

  • 12 Oct 1999

    Günter Blobel, a German-born Rockefeller University cell biologist described by colleagues as "the father of modern cell biology," has won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

  • 8 Oct 1999

    A molecule designed to mimic an enzyme can fight highly reactive molecules that contribute to arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, according to a report in today's Science.

  • 4 Oct 1999

    The fountain of youth that keeps cancer cells immortal can be turned off by a mutated enzyme, researchers say.

  • 4 Oct 1999

    TOKAIMURA, JAPAN--As life here returns to normal this week after the country's worst-ever nuclear accident, the worker blasted with the highest radiation dose is being readied for an experimental therapy that may be his best chance for survivin

  • 24 Sep 1999

    "America's Nobels," the annual awards--light on money but heavy in prestige--from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, go this year to six biomedical researchers.

  • 21 Sep 1999

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A scheme to overhaul peer review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is drawing intense fire from the AIDS community.

  • 10 Sep 1999

    A novel compound may one day help alleviate side effects of harsh cancer treatments for some people.

  • 30 Aug 1999

    Scientists have come a step closer to understanding the cause of childhood diabetes, a disease in which the body's immune system destroys its own insulin-producing cells.

  • 25 Aug 1999

    Today is the 83rd birthday of Frederick Chapman Robbins, an American pediatrician and virologist who played an important role in the development of the polio vaccine.

  • 18 Aug 1999

    A virus that made the human genome its permanent residence long ago may be an important cause of breast cancer, if a study presented last week at a virology conference in Sydney, Australia, is correct.

  • 18 Aug 1999

    Blocking the activity of a single enzyme can nearly halt the nerve damage caused by glaucoma in mice, according to a paper in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • 17 Aug 1999

    Health officials appear to be making some progress in saving the lives of those with tuberculosis (TB), which remains one of the worst global public health threats.

  • 16 Aug 1999

    For most people, an infection with the bacteria Nisseria meningitidis means nothing more than a dose of antibiotics and a few days of headache and malaise.

  • 10 Aug 1999

    NEW DELHI--Armed with a government order and escorted by police, animal activists yesterday seized and released into the wild 50 rhesus monkeys being used for testing a new drug.