From today's UK papers

December 15, 2000

FINANCIAL TIMES

The choice of Warwick - with its commercial culture - out of all the UK's 100-plus universities, to host a visit by president Bill Clinton and prime minister Tony Blair is symbolic of the government's aspirations for higher education.

Jim Kelly writes that when Prince Albert shaped Cambridge University's multidisciplinary ethos, it was as if he foresaw today's pressure to produce commercial spin-offs.

DAILY MAIL

Nasa scientists have found the most compelling evidence yet of life on Mars: microscopic magnetite crystals similar to those made by bacteria on Earth.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Germany has opened its first school for rabbis since the second world war in response to rising demand from the country's fast-expanding Jewish community.

THE TIMES

The fiasco over the £100 million modernisation of the British Museum should lead to prosecutions, a Camden Council inquiry has been told.

MISCELLANY

A gene has been found to double the lifespan of fruit flies. Scientists at the University of Connecticut named it Indy, or "I'm not dead yet", in honour of a line from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( Financial Times , Guardian , Independent , Daily Telegraph, Times ).

Doctors are failing to get fully informed consent from parents for research involving their babies, a study carried out across Europe has shown ( Guardian , Times ).

The House of Commons will debate today whether to allow scientists to use stem cells from human embryos in medical research ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph ).

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