From today's UK papers

April 20, 2001

Financial Times
The British government is to spend £30m preparing the National Health Service for the "genetics revolution" and a further £10m setting up four "knowledge parks" that will bring together academic and clinical geneticists. 

Missile-tracking technology from the UK's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency is being used to televise cricket, giving "3D virtual replays" that show viewers what would have happened if the batsman had not intercepted the ball.

Researchers at Emory and Yale universities in the United States have shown that a moderate intake of alcohol in the elderly reduces the risk of heart failure compared with non-drinkers.

The Guardian
Is Britain outlawing human cloning to facilitiate other embryo experiments?

Daily Mail
An operation carried out thousands of times a year to help children with glue ear may be useless, according to a group of doctors from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Times
In Hollywood's sword-and-sandal epics, the heroic gladiator has been elevated to a handsome tragic hunk instead of an ugly and untouchable condemned criminal, Kim Shahabudin of Reading University has told the Classical Association.

Miscellany
British and Kenyan researchers have shown that the social memory of elephant matriarchs who lead the family group is essential for the group's breeding success. ( Financial Times , Independent , Daily Telegraph )

Scientists from Juntendo University, Tokyo, hope to strike back against superbugs by unravelling the genetic codes of two of the feared organisms that have built up resistance to antibiotics. ( Guardian, Daily Telegraph )


   

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