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Aspirin vs. Cancer - Aspirin appears to have the ability to stop the proliferation of human lung cancer cells, reported researchers at the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association for CANCER RESEARCH (March 27, 1995)

Borna Virus - Do domestic animals transmit a virus to humans that causes psychiatric disorders? An increasing body of research suggests this may indeed be the case. (March 26, 1995)

Alzheimer's Gene - A high tech combination of genetic testing and PET (positron emission tomography) scanning may help physicians recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's disease. (March 23, 1995)

Pox Vax - With the F.D.A. approval of a new varicella vaccine, chickenpox is no longer the only common childhood illnesses that cannot be prevented via inoculation. (March 22,1995)

Primordial Soup - In a simulation of the days when the Earth was covered in primordial ooze, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have synthesized pantetheine, an ingredient considered essential for the development of life on the planet. (March 20, 1995)

Weed Resistant Crops - Israeli scientists have come up with an elegant biotech solution to the problem of controlling the parasitic weeds that literally choke the life from the world's food crops. (15 March 15,1995)

Green Genes - A team of geneticists here are planning a study to determine the origins of the Irish people and their relation to other peoples around Europe. By analysing small segments of DNA from Irish people in different parts of the country and comparing them with corresponding DNA segments from people elsewhere around Europe the Dublin investigators hope to provide a DNA fingerprint of Irishness. (March 1995)

Global Hot Zone - The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is tracking a number of new and re-emerging deadly diseases caused by a host of infectious bacteria and viruses throughout the world. NIAID researchers hope to improve detection, treatment and prevention of such diseases, several of which are expected to intensify in the next few years. (March 14, 1995)

Irish Science - Ireland has made some very important and interesting contributions to all fields of science.(March 13, 1995)

Smoking Gun - While the link between smoking and heart disease has long been established, the pathogenic mechanisms have remained a mystery. It now appears the molecular missing link between cigarettes and the development of heart disease has been identified, reported researchers at the 35th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. (March 12, 1995)

Tofu Therapy - Estrogens derived from soybeans and other plants may offer a promising therapeutic alternative to pharmaceutical estrogens currently in use, reported researchers at the 35th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. (March 9, 1995)

Birds, Bees and Trees - Researchers at the University of Illinois have now begun using PCR, RFLP and related DNA profiling techniques to observe the sex lives of trees. (March 8, 1995)

Cat-Choo! - Synthetic epitope vaccines may be nothing to sneeze at for patients with common allergies including cat dander and ragweed, according to researchers at the American College of Allergy and Immunology. (March 7, 1995)

Late Phase Allergy Culprit - A protein isolated from bronchial fluids appears to play an important role in triggering the "late-phase" allergic response, reported researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. (March 7, 1995)

tPA, A.M. or P.M.? - While heart attacks are known to occur more frequently in the morning hours, the clot-buster agent TPA (tissue plasminogen activator) appears to be at its most effective in the evening hours, according to a new study. (March 3, 1995)

Snake Oil - An anticoagulant compound derived from the deadly Malayan pit viper appears to offer a useful therapeutic alternative to heparin in certain high-risk patients, reported Canadian researchers at the 13th Annual Conference on Clinical Hematology and Oncology. (March 3, 1995)

Blubber Testing - Marine biologists have developed a new technique for measuring toxins in marine mammals that can provide a wealth of information on environmental pollution. (February 28, 1995)

Bug Sex - Researchers at Cornell University have concocted a perfume that may prove to be a fatal attraction for cockroaches. (February 26, 1995)

NSF Targets Cities - The National Science Foundation plans to award $105 million to seven large U.S. cities in an effort to improve K-12 science education in underserved areas. (February 24, 1995)

Check Your Math - A mistaken mathematical analysis of genetic individuality made 32 years ago caused large ripple effects in the world of genetic research that are only now being corrected. The corrected analysis has profound implications for genetic interpretations of race and individuality, according to reports at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.(February 22, 1995)

Raindrops Keep Falling - Irish weather researchers report a number of new observations on the nature of the little understood phenomenon of drizzle. (February 22, 1995)

Jumping Genes - Mariner transposable elements, more popularly known as jumping genes, appear to jump from species to species, not randomly but as a fundamental means of survival, reported University of Illinois researchers at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (February 20, 1995)

Drugs On The Brain - New imaging techniques developed at the University of Chicago are revealing the effects of alcohol and Prozac with new anatomic and physiologic specificity, and should prove useful in the development of new psychiatric drugs, reported researchers at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. .(February 20, 1995)

Leukemia Gene - The discovery of a novel genetic mechanism for some kinds of leukemias provides researchers with new hope for identifying difficult cases and a new avenue of research for developing novel treatments. (February 15, 1995)

Breast Cancer Gene Studies - A new study identifying 38 mutations of a gene associated with breast cancer represents an important step towards developing a method for screening and early diagnoses of breast cancer, reported researchers at an American Medical Association briefing. (February 15, 1995)

Stroke of Luck - Newly developed drugs may be able to reduce the complications of stroke significantly, provided patients are treated quickly enough, reported researchers at the 20th International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation. (February 11, 1995)

Hypertension Marker - A newly identified gene polymorphism could lead to powerful tests to diagnose stroke risk in blacks, reported researchers at the 20th International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation. (February 12, 1995)

Alzheimer's Breakthrough - The successful creation of a new transgenic mouse carrying a gene for human Alzheimer's disease should offer researchers an important new research tool in the search for useful treatments for what is currently an incurable disease. (February 9. 1995)

Genetic Silencer - A European research team has identified a genetic defect which appears to underlie the most common cause of deafness. February 3, 1995)

First Treatment For Sickle Cell Anemia - A landmark clinical study of sickle cell anemia has been halted prematurely following unexpected success with an "off the shelf" anti-cancer agent. (January 30, 1995)

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