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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 2-Jun-2004
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Study finds high rate of genetic mutation in younger Korean women with breast cancer
Although Korean women have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer worldwide, they are diagnosed at an earlier age and have a surprisingly high incidence of a genetic mutation known to contribute to breast cancer.
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From Google News:
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From New Scientist's e-newsletter:
THE BOLDEST CUT
While chopping grass to feed the family buffalo, nine-year old Sandeep's hair got caught in a threshing machine, ripping off her entire scalp and face. Her family salvaged what they could and an experienced microsurgeon successfully replanted it. Since that fateful day in 1994, there have been two other known cases of surgeons heroically replacing entire faces. This has led to the inevitable question: if it's possible to reattach such torn-off faces, couldn't we also carry out face transplants using the faces of the newly deceased to treat people with disfigurements? New Scientist has learned that surgeons and scientists are requesting formal approval to carry out a transplant...
http://archive.newscientist.com/secure/article/article.jsp?rp=2&id=mg18224495.900

WONDERFUL SPAM
Living organisms are infested with enough of the biological equivalent of spam mail to make the internet's flood of junk pale into insignificance. It's a little shocking to discover that every cell nucleus in your body is crammed with millions of years' worth of genetic junk mail. It takes up the vast majority of the genome -in fact only 2 per cent actually codes for the proteins we need. Biologists have long regarded the rest as garbage. But is it? A growing number of geneticists now say it may not be junk after all...
http://archive.newscientist.com/secure/article/article.jsp?rp=2&id=mg18224496.100

TECHNOLOGY:
FROM ROCKS TO RICHES
He peered down a microscope at a brilliant blue sapphire. At first glance, the 15-carat stone might fetch thousands of dollars. But something wasn't quite right. It turned out a new gem treatment was being used to convert poor quality gems into more valuable ones. And it's only a matter of time before a new treatment surfaces...and if treated stones flood the market and make their way into shops, then the coloured gem industry could collapse...
http://archive.newscientist.com/secure/article/article.jsp?rp=4&id=mg18224494.000

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A MORE unusual paper title than most: "Molecular phylogenetic analyses indicate extensive morphological convergence between the 'yeti' and primates" (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol 31, p 1). The authors had been supplied with "yeti" hair for DNA analysis, but we can skip further details and leap directly to their conclusion: "All our analyses clearly indicate that the yeti is nested several nodes within a specific ungulate group (ie, the perissodactyls [the group including horses, rhinos and tapirs])...These results demonstrate that extensive morphological convergences have occurred between the yeti and primates."

All the more remarkable, therefore, that one Georges Remi wrote 44 years ago of an explorer who identified the correct phylogenetic position of the yeti when he yelled at it "You odd-toed ungulate!", despite having seen only footprints in the snow. And who might this prescient Remi be? He's better known as Hergé, author of Tintin in Tibet.

Oh, and as you've probably guessed - the Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution paper was published on 1 April 2004.
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