From today's UK papers

March 23, 2001

Financial Times

Researchers at Intervet, a subsidiary of Akzo Nobel, the Dutch chemicals group, are racing to complete development of a test that could tell the difference between animals infected with foot and mouth and those that have been vaccinated against the disease.

The Guardian

The government may need to rethink its plans for further expansion of the number of people entering higher education amid fears about funding and debt which could lead to new students failing to complete courses, the Labour-dominated Commons education select committee has warned.

The Independent

Routine abuse of patients during the training of medical students has been exposed by a survey from the University of Toronto that found patients were subjected to unpleasant examinations and unnecessary procedures without their consent.

Universities should avoid dumbing down their entry requirements and admitting students who cannot cope with degree-level studies, an all-party group of MPs has said in a report.

The claim that Richard Li, the Hong Kong tycoon who bought the territory's telecoms business from Cable & Wireless last year, is a Stanford University graduate has been erased from the company's website after Stanford confirmed no degree was awarded.

Daily Telegraph

Dr Gao Zhan, a Washington-based academic detained in Beijing on state security charges, "openly confessed her crimes", China claimed after the US State Department asked for her release.

The Times

A new £5.3 million science research centre has been formally opened at King Edward Point, the only inhabited part of the remote British overseas territory of South Georgia.

Miscellany

Scientists at St John's Institute of Dermatology, London have found that smoking activates a gene in the skin that breaks down collagen, the protein that maintains elasticity. ( Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Times )

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