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  • 11 Jul 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--New therapies and cures for diseases are jeopardized by a decline in money, time, and training for clinical research, scientists said here today at a town meeting organized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

  • 10 Jul 1997

    New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture has nixed a plan to let loose a deadly virus to attack the country's exploding populations of rabbits.

  • 8 Jul 1997

    BERLIN--Germany is combining its two space programs into a single institution in an effort to save overhead costs and cope with a shrinking space budget.

  • 8 Jul 1997

    Women can suffer severe problems, such as osteoporosis, after their reproductive hormones dry up. Now comes new evidence that men, too, tend to fall apart as their blood levels of a sex hormone--in this case, testosterone--drop.

  • 8 Jul 1997

    An epidemic of dengue fever, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, is now plaguing Cuba, according to local reports. Estimates of the number of cases range from 838, the last official government number, to as many as 30,000.

  • 7 Jul 1997

    Britain's oldest scientific institution has finally received its feared death sentence. Following weeks of speculation, on 4 July the new Labour government announced plans to close the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) in Cambridge.

  • 30 Jun 1997

    After taking a several-month hiatus from the Russian science scene, philanthropist George Soros is at it again: The billionaire financier has ponied up $3 million to create two new labs in Moscow to study tuberculosis and hospital-borne infections.

  • 25 Jun 1997

    LONDON--The more Europeans know about biotechnology, the less they like it, according to a new multinational survey. And when they ponder potential applications, they worry more about moral issues than perceived risks.

  • 20 Jun 1997

    A burst of radiation has seriously injured a physicist in one of Russia's restricted research cities, some 350 kilometers east of Moscow. The accident took place Tuesday in an underground nuclear laboratory, and officials are still trying to figure out how to shut down the reactor.

  • 19 Jun 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--As the sole witness for 3 hours of questioning on embryo research, Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), endured a grilling on Capitol Hill today before the House subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

  • 17 Jun 1997

    Profits from the British lottery are going to help pay for construction of a National Space Science Center (NSSC) in Leicester, United Kingdom.

  • 17 Jun 1997

    Alzheimer's Researcher to Head Drug Company Program

  • 13 Jun 1997

    After sleeping for 5 years in a mountaintop sinkhole, the world's most powerful radar and radio telescope--spiffed up after a $27 million upgrade--is about to spring back to life.

  • 10 Jun 1997

    TOKYO--A pledge to reduce Japan's serious budget deficit could put the hurt on several big-science projects, including the $10 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), as well as delay an ambitious plan to boost R&D spending in the coming

  • 9 Jun 1997

    President Clinton announced today that he will send Congress a bill that would outlaw the cloning of humans.

  • 9 Jun 1997

    A retrovirus that causes leukemia in humans may be slipping into blood supplies undetected, claim researchers in tomorrow's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But other investigators familiar with the work counter that there's no cause for alarm.

  • 5 Jun 1997

    In some regions of Africa where the incidence of malaria is relatively low, children tend to get much sicker from the disease.

  • 4 Jun 1997

    France's new prime minister, Lionel Jospin, announced today that his longtime science and education adviser, geochemist Claude Allegre, will become minister of science and education.

  • 2 Jun 1997

    MELBOURNE--An Australian court here today shot down a novel attack on a creationist's claim to have found Noah's Ark.

  • 29 May 1997

    Following a meeting in Bonn this week, German science officials appear likely to defuse a dispute enveloping the country's new genome research program.

  • 27 May 1997

    Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) is planning major changes in the way it funds projects in universities, pushing researchers to forge collaborations or else see their funds dry up.

  • 21 May 1997

    For scientists trying to share vast amounts of electronic data, traffic on the Internet can slow to an agonizing crawl. But the pace will pick up soon for 35 research institutions across the country.

  • 21 May 1997

    An analysis of medical research grant applications in Sweden suggests that the peer-review process is not immune to sexism.

  • 20 May 1997

    The rising stock market will be floating more biomedical research. With its endowment soaring, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is expanding its support for scientists at universities and labs around the country.

  • 19 May 1997

    Worried that business secrecy may undermine scientific cooperation, an international group of geneticists last week appealed for a change of European patent policies to encourage scientists to release sequence data as quickly as robotic sequencing machines spew the information out.

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