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Released: 31-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
3-D Model to Forecast Hurricane Storm Surge
North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University scientists, working with the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, have developed a three-dimensional forecasting model that accurately predicts coastal flooding caused by a hurricane's storm surge and rainfall.

31-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
Yeast screen hits the G spot
Nature Biotechnology

In this issue, scientists have created a yeast strain that enables modulators of human G proteins to be identified rapidly and with great sensitivity. Screens based on this assay could ultimately enable the identification of drugs that inhibit human G proteins. The human body uses specialized molecules called G proteins to relay sensory messages from receptors on the cell surface to the interior

31-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
GM crops without antibiotic resistance?
Nature Biotechnology

A new way of selecting foreign genes in plants could eliminate a potential risk of genetically modified (GM) crops-the transfer of antibiotic-resistance genes into the environment.

31-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
DNA vaccines get under the skin
Nature Biotechnology

Most current vaccination approaches require the use of needles, injections, and skin-abrasive procedures. In this issue, Paul Khavari and his colleagues have discovered that DNA encoding a hepatitis B antigen can be applied directly to the skin of mice and still induce immune responses similar to those produced by intramuscular injection of a commercially available recombinant hepatitis B polypeptide vaccine.

31-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
A new chemistry between radioisotopes and antibodies
Nature Biotechnology

In this issue, a team of European scientists report an ingenious chemical approach for hooking up tumor-specific antibodies to technetium-99m that can be accomplished as easily as mixing together two vials, making these radiopharmaceuticals within the reach of most trained hospital technicians.

Released: 28-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
New images of Jupiter's volcanic moon released by NASA
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

When the Chandra X-ray Observatory took its "first light" image, it was watching a foundry distribute its wares to the rest of the galaxy.

Released: 28-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
NFPA Tells Members to Ignore Consumer Group Concerns Over Genetically Engineered Foods, Says FoE
US Newswire (defunct; sold to PR Newswire)

FDA Week reported today that the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) is "advising its members to ignore the efforts of advocate groups seeking to pinpoint and reduce the use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients." This announcement comes in the wake of a Friends of the Earth (FoE) letter-writing campaign directed at the CEOs of 83 prominent food companies, inquiring whether or not any use potentially harmful genetically modified Bt corn in their products.

Released: 28-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
Secret Move to Cut Ozone Protection Puts American Health at Risk
US Newswire (defunct; sold to PR Newswire)

The health of every American could be at risk if funds earmarked for ozone protection are cut from the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill, according to Friends of the Earth.

Released: 28-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
New Satellite Tools Putting Hurricanes In Sharper Focus
University of Wisconsin-Madison

A fleet of powerful new visualization tools is giving forecasters an unprecedented look into the anatomy of typhoons and hurricanes, helping refine early-warning systems.

Released: 27-Aug-1999 12:00 AM EDT
Studying the Mysteries of the Titanium Star
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

When the Chandra X-ray Observatory took its "first light" image, it was watching a foundry distribute its wares to the rest of the galaxy.


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