From today's UK papers

December 1, 2000


Scientists at the Max Delbruk Centre in Berlin and Infogen, a German biotechnology company, have announced that they have identified one gene that is responsible for the phenomenon of the "vanishing twin" in pregnancy

Most people fear that scientific developments are moving far faster than the regulations that are supposed to be controlling them, according to a survey for the government's Human Genetics Commission

Universities are to press ahead with radical proposals to boost income - which could include top-up fees or graduate taxes - despite the government's decision to increase annual public funding by £1bn within three years


Future doctors, vets and lawyers would pay higher university fees than students on sociology or English courses under plans published by university heads


Japan has imposed a ban on human cloning research, with scientists who break the law threatened with up to ten years in prison


Living in cities is as lethal for men as smoking but women appear to be immune to the stresses and strains of metropolitan life, according to research from Michigan University


Scientists from the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, near Washington DC, and Stanford University in California, have shown it is possible to convert bone marrow tissue into brain cells in an experiment that could undermine arguments for using human embryos to treat patients suffering from neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease ( INDEPENDENT, DAILY TELEGRAPH, TIMES )


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