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Friday, July 16, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 16-Jul-2004
Molecular Therapy
LSU vet school professor uses gene therapy to destroy cancerous tumors
Shulin Li, associate professor in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, is developing a gene therapy treatment for cancer that could ultimately serve to "vaccinate" bodies against tumor recurrence. Thus far, Li's treatment has succeeded in pre-clinical trials on tumors in mice. Now he is using his method to treat larger animals, such as dogs, before seeking approval for human trials. Li's research involves injecting therapeutic genes directly into tumors.
National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 16-Jul-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New genetic mechanism for evolution
A team of researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered that transposons, small DNA sequences that travel through the genomes, can silence the genes adjacent to them by inducing a molecule called antisense RNA. This is a new mechanism for evolution that has been unknown until now. The research has been recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Public Release: 16-Jul-2004
Research shows oceans are becoming more acidic
UNESCO has just released the report of a meeting held recently at which leading scientists presented research showing that the world's oceans are absorbing unprecedented rates of Carbon Dioxide, making them more acidic.
Watch for House Republicans to start introducing more measures to restrict the jurisdiction of federal courts, which could create as much controversy among conservatives as liberals. Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas has scheduled a vote to bar federal courts from hearing lawsuits related to gay marriage, and promised to do the same for the Pledge of Allegiance. Although Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) has introduced measures that would bar federal courts from hearing abortion- related cases, DeLay told reporters that the timing is "not quite ripe." Watch for abortion opponents to start asking if not now, when, and if not this Congress, then whom?
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