From today's UK papers

January 26, 2001

FINANCIAL TIMES

The place at which the sperm enters the egg has a far greater role in early development than previously thought, say researchers from Cambridge University.

Fears that people will alter the human germ line for non-medical or cosmetic reasons are exaggerated, George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, has told the World Economic Forum.

THE GUARDIAN

Letter from Baroness Blackstone, minister of state for education, pointing out the government's increased funding for the further education sector.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Jays, ravens, rats and other creatures that store food are aware of the passage of time, researchers from Cambridge University have found.

After the Gulf War and a decade of sanctions, the facilities at Baghdad University are poorer than those of many African universities.

THE TIMES

Scientists at Sheffield and Cardiff Universities have developed a way of using immortal human cells to repair bone and renew the brain.

The climatic phenomenon El Nino has been stronger at its strongest for 130,000 years during the last century, scientists from Edinburgh University have found.

In a leading article The Times argues that British universities need innovative funding ideas.

MISCELLANY

Big babies are more likely to do well at school and university and tend to have higher scores in tests to measure their powers of reasoning than small babies, according to new research. ( Financial Times , Guardian , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )

The University of St Andrews, where Prince William will begin his studies in the autumn, has been inundated with applications. ( Daily Mail , Independent , Daily Telegraph )

A team from Yale and the University of Massachusetts in the US concluded there was "mounting evidence" that the collapse of some societies was climate-driven. ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph )

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