From today's UK papers

June 8, 2001

Financial Times

The Cancer Genome Project will ask the pharmaceutical industry to cooperate with a £30 million project to explore the underpinnings of cancer.

Transplants of the larynx are likely to start in Britain within five years, said Martin Birchall, a Bristol surgeon who has been awarded a £1.2 million Wellcome Trust fellowship to carry out research.

Lancaster University scientists have developed an irrigation system that promises to halve the amount of water required by fruit crops while improving flavour and quality.

The Guardian

The 1996 privatisation of the Natural Resources Institute, which carries out government-funded scientific work in the developing world, has gone wrong leaving a £9 million hole in the University of Greenwich's accounts and up to 130 people facing redundancy.

The Independent

Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have used genetic engineering to create a safe treatment for haemophilia, the potentially fatal inherited blood disease.

Miscellany

Discoveries at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea by scientists from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology in Paris suggest that thousands of people died when Herakleion, an ancient Egyptian "Atlantis", sank in a catastrophe 1,800 years ago. ( Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph )

The number of preschool children who wheeze doubled in the 1990s, says a study from Intelspital, in Bern, Switzerland, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The study suggests that there may be other causes behind it, rather than simply an increase in allergic reactions. ( Guardian, Daily Telegraph)

Britain has seen one of the world's largest falls in deaths from testicular cancer, according to an analysis of national mortality trends published by the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Lausanne, Switzerland. ( Financial Times, Daily Mail )

A computer simulation of the first human invasion of North America, conducted by a researcher at University of California, Santa Barbara, shows that the woolly mammoth, horses, giant bison and dozens of other large herbivores were driven to extinction by hunters. ( Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

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