From today's UK papers

June 15, 2001

  Financial Times

Tristem, a biotechnology company with roots in Britain, Ireland and Saudi Arabia, has unveiled a technique for turning back the biological clock by converting blood cells into immature stem cells.

British research into nanotechnology got an £18 million boost from public funds as three of the government's research councils and the Ministry of Defence supported two new collaborations at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The Guardian

Immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella does not cause autism in children, according to the findings of public health specialists. They say this evidence should end the argument that has been raging for three years.

Hopes that a treatment will be found for the incurable and fatal Huntingdon's disease have been raised after researchers at the University of Milan announced that they had found a chemical in the brain that sufferers are unable to control.

Daily Telegraph

The Colosseum, the huge Roman amphitheatre used for animal shows and gladiatorial combat, was built with the spoils of the sack of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, an archaeological find by Geza Alfoldy of Heidelberg University suggests.

Men indulge in gossip more than women about secret liaisons, inept lovers and overpaid colleagues, says a study by a PhD student at the University of Virginia.

The Times

Donna Dawson, a psychologist at Goldsmiths College, London, claims that she can assess an individual's personality by where he or she sits at the cinema.

The Independent

A selected ion flow tube, an instrument used in astrophysics, could revolutionise the diagnosis of a range of diseases, according to researchers at the Centre for Science and Technology in Medicine at Keele University.

Miscellany

More than 20,000 students have taken an A-level maths paper despite allegations it had been leaked and sold to candidates for up to £400. ( Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph )

Trainee teachers will be given as many chances as they need to pass literacy and numeracy tests in a concession announced by the government. ( Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Times, Daily Telegraph )

Vitamin C can damage DNA and may lead to cancer, according to research released by the University of Pennsylvania. ( Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail )

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