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  • 4 Feb 1997

    WASHINGTON--Mark Hughes, an internationally known leader in DNA diagnostics, has resigned from Georgetown University after coming under fire for allegedly failing to honor a ban on human embryo research.

  • 4 Feb 1997

    Researchers have created a breed of mouse whose immune system can, in theory, churn out human antibodies against nearly any foreign protein.

  • 3 Feb 1997

    Some cryptographers crack the code of an enciphered document with the subtle dexterity of master lockpicks. But even when brute force is used, the message is the same: Better tighten security.

  • 3 Feb 1997

    A protein that triggers the growth of blood vessels appears to play a key role in the development of Kaposi's sarcoma.

  • 3 Feb 1997

    The dream of many family planners is a birth control pill for men, something that would somehow shut off sperm production but leave sex drive and beards intact. For years, researchers have targeted follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) for this delicate task.

  • 31 Jan 1997

    LONDON--The BBC, the United Kingdom's giant public service broadcaster, is about to create the largest science broadcasting center in the world.

  • 31 Jan 1997

    In a startling experiment reported 2 years ago, Swiss biologists caused surplus eyes to sprout on fruit flies' wings, legs, and antennae--all by manipulating a single gene. Now researchers have found a second fruit fly gene that can duplicate this grotesque feat.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    Today is the birthday of Charles De Geer, a Swedish entomologist born in 1720. De Geer was an ardent observer of insects, describing 1446 species.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--FDA Commissioner David Kessler told staff in a memo today that he will leave the agency late next month.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) appeared today before a biomedical lobby group to reiterate a pledge he made last week to boost the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • 30 Jan 1997

    Researchers have identified a gene that, when mutated, appears to cause the juvenile form of glaucoma, an aggressive form of the disease that can strike teenagers.

  • 29 Jan 1997

    Underground steam is a great alternative source of energy with a huge drawback: It's hard to judge the size of a geothermal field before power plants start losing steam.

  • 29 Jan 1997

    Researchers in Argentina may have found the first known cases of person-to-person transmission of hantavirus, an often lethal infectious agent normally transmitted only by rodents.

  • 29 Jan 1997

    If neurons could somehow be made young again, damage to the central nervous system (CNS)--such as actor Christopher Reeve's severed spinal cord--might be reversible.

  • 28 Jan 1997

    University officials are applauding a federal appeals court decision throwing out charges by a former graduate student that her school defrauded the federal government by wrongly taking credit for her work in grant applications.

  • 28 Jan 1997

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--Recent reports that the DNA of a monkey virus called SV40 lurks in some rare types of human cancers has reignited a nearly 40-year-old controversy over the safety of a polio vaccine that was widely administered in the late 1950s.

  • 28 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--ScienceNOW has learned that David Kessler, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been offered the deanship at Yale University's School of Medicine.

  • 28 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--There may be a magic bullet after all.

  • 27 Jan 1997

    Victor Goldschmidt, the father of modern geochemistry, was born on this day in 1888. A Swiss-born Norwegian chemist, Goldschmidt was fascinated by the elements, their origins, and their relationships in nature.

  • 27 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C--Unsuccessful attempts to unravel how a vaccine against the monkey version of the AIDS virus actually works have led to renewed calls for testing a similar--but potentially risky--vaccine in humans.

  • 27 Jan 1997

    PASADENA, CALIFORNIA--With no major scientific spacecraft left to build, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) intends to turn over more work to private industry and scale back its staff over the next 3 years.

  • 27 Jan 1997

    Physicists have created a new laser in which a beam of atoms march in lockstep, like the photons of a light laser.

  • 24 Jan 1997

    Sunday will mark the 58th anniversary of one of the most remarkable--and certainly one of the most fateful--scientific achievements of the 20th century: nuclear fission.

  • 24 Jan 1997

    By 2.7 billion years ago, the cooling Earth had formed a crust of continental rock about as thick as today's terra firma. The finding, reported in today's Science,* appears to solve a long-running mystery of when the ground we live on formed.

  • 24 Jan 1997

    An inexpensive cholera vaccine has performed well in a pilot trial in Vietnam.

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