An investment bank, Beeson Gregory, is providing £20m to help finance a new chemistry building at Oxford University. In return, it gets equity stakes in spin-offs arising from the chemistry department.
The Medical Research Council is to set up 14 specialised collections of genetic material, covering all the common diseases with important public health implications, such as Alzheimer's, heart attacks, asthma and depression.
HIV-infected monkeys taken off HIV drugs have survived for six months with almost undetectable levels of the virus, say scientists from the Research Institute for Genetic and Human Therapy in Washington DC.
Lewis Wolpert, professor of biology as applied to medicine at University College London, writes that he would like to see Prince Charles put his scientific principles into practice, such as giving up his environmentally polluting cars and using a bicycle.
Zoologists at the University of Natal have devised a simple and ingenious solution to the problem of rampaging adolescent males, at least for African elephants. The answer is to introduce older, mature males into the population.
Security arrangements for Prince William at St Andrews University will be easier to enforce next year when the school of art history is housed under one roof.
Oscar Wilde suffered from a chronic ear disease that failed to respond to radical surgery, according to a study of events leading to his death in Paris 100 years ago by the University of Cape Town in South. ( Guardian , Independent , Daily Telegraph , Times )
The British Library has called a "temporary" halt to its policy of throwing out historic overseas newspapers after criticism from authors, scholars and the media. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph )
A new test for the human form of "mad cow disease" could soon be made available after a potentially important breakthrough in understanding variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at Zurich University Hospital. ( Financial Times , Independent )