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Multiple, Sclerosis, Relapses, Experimental, Allergic, Encephalomyelitis, Interleukin 12

Relapses Prevented In Mouse Multiple Sclerosis Model

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have discovered that antibodies to a common inflammatory-response protein can prevent relapses in an animal model of human multiple sclerosis. This research represents another possible therapy for MS patients.


Virual, Vector, Dystrophin, Immune, Response, Muscular, Dystrophy

Viral Vector Delivers Dystophin Gene to Mouse Muscle

University of Michigan scientists have developed a new generation of "gutted" viral vectors that deliver the gene for dystrophin to the muscles of adult mice with muscular dystrophy without triggering their immune systems.


drug, MDMA, Ecstasy, Antidepressant, Serotonin

Hopkins Study Shows Brain Damage Evidence In "Ecstasy" Users

The common street drug "ecstasy" causes brain damage in people, according to a new Johns Hopkins study. In a report in The Lancet released this week, Hopkins scientists show that the drug -- known chemically as MDMA -- damages specific nerves in the brain that release serotonin, the nerve transmitter thought to play a role in regulating mood, memory, pain perception, sleep, appetite and sexual activity.


Greenhouse, Chemistry, Stratosphere, Formation, Earth, Evolution, Lawrence

Thiemens Receives DOE's Lawrence Award

The scientific achievements of chemist Mark H. Thiemens of the University of California, San Diego have contributed much to current thinking on environmental science, the solar system and the Earth's formation and evolution.


Arts and Humanities

Theater, Distance, Learning, Sundance, Institute

Utah Offers Only On-Line MFA Degree

Distance learning has taken center stage at the University of Utah where the theatre department, in collaboration with Sundance Institute, has begun a new graduate program offering the nation's only on-line MFA degree in theater education and directing.


Glenn, Space, Shuttle, Astronauts, NASA

Is the Glenn Mission Real Science or Public Relations?

Questions about John Glenn's fitness for space flight were raised in the late '80s, when there was renewed possibility of flying Members of Congress. The U.S. flew Sen. Jake Garn and Rep. Bill Nelson. None of these individuals flew to advance science, but rather to advance programmatic and public policy goals. Glenn's flight exists for these latter reasons, not for science.


Biochemistry, Evolution, Heart, Antarctica, fish, Protein, Marine

Icefish Study Yields Clues about the Heart

Recent results from a University of Maine research team with expertise in fish biology, genetics and protein chemistry are shedding light on the evolution of life in the world's coldest ocean. The findings are beginning to answer questions about how Antarctic icefish have evolved to thrive in an extreme environment despite genetic mutations which would probably doom them elsewhere.


Hyperbilirubinemia, Kernicterus, Diagnostic, Newborns

Test Finds Bilirubin Fraction Toxic to Newborns

Research Corporation Technologies received U.S. Patent No. 5,804,405 recently for the first practical way to identify the small fraction of bilirubin that can poison the central nervous system of newborns.


Tip Sheet from 10-28-98 New Scientist


Social and Behavioral Sciences

mate, Mating, Relationship

Mating Game Is Easier on Men Than on Women

Northwestern University researchers find that women are at a distinct disadvantage in the mating game, they published in the October issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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