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Biomedical science and the general election
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Biomedical science and the general election
4 June 2001 - by Juliet Tizzard
It's been another week of electioneering in Britain, so any issue which isn't a vote winner is still absent from the media. As David Derbyshire and Roger Highfield discover in the Daily Telegraph last week, science is barely mentioned. Of course health is a big issue in the election, particularly... [Read More]
Science lacking in parties' manifestos
4 June 2001 - by BioNews
The manifestos of the three main parties fighting for votes in this week's general election are said to be disappointingly lacking in science. Although differing accounts have been given, it appears that upon a word count of each manifesto, the word science, scientific or scientist is not mentioned at all... [Read More]
Schizophrenia gene link
4 June 2001 - by BioNews
Scientists from the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found a gene variation that may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia. The gene, called COMT (catecho-o-methytransferase) appears to control levels of the chemical dopamine in the brain. Lower levels of dopamine can affect performance in memory tasks and... [Read More]
Stem cell hope for heart patients
4 June 2001 - by BioNews
Researchers at the US Baylor College of Medicine have found that stem cells taken from the bone marrow of adult mice are able to develop into blood vessel and cardiac cells when injected into the bloodstream of another adult mouse that had suffered a heart attack. Dr Margaret Goodell said... [Read More]
British egg donors dodge no payments rule
4 June 2001 - by BioNews
Young British women are donating their eggs in return for money that enables them to clear their student debts, according to a report in the Sunday Times. It claims that some infertile couples are recruiting egg donors directly - rather than via a clinic - on the promise of thousands of pounds... [Read More]
Prey bird success
4 June 2001 - by BioNews
The world's first eaglet has been born using frozen sperm in artificial insemination outside a laboratory. Called Thor, the baby eagle is the result of four years of experiment by falconer Andrew Knowles-Brown and University of Abertay biologist Dr Graham Wishart. It was born on Mr Knowles-Brown's farm in Lanarkshire... [Read More]

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