From today's UK papers

July 18, 2001

Daily Telegraph

A leading scientist investigating the use of human embryo cells in treating disease is being lured from America by more than £1 million of government funding.

Financial Times

Two of the world's leading universities are to set up a groundbreaking business school venture at Adastral Park, British Telecommunications' technology complex in East Anglia. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University)

The surprise postponement of the education white paper, which had been expected this week, followed ministerial disagreements over local authority funding.

The European Commission's move to approve new medicines faster than in the US is a clear challenge to the supremacy of the US Food and Drugs Administration.

Researchers at Columbia University and the biotechnology company Osiris say they are organising the first human trials in regenerative medicine using adult stem cells and will inject cells in patients before the end of the year.

Higher education awaits report on regulation in the sector from Labour peer Lord Haskins, who chairs the Better Regulation Task Force.

Miscellany

Abraham Lincoln's uncharacteristic outbursts of uncontrollable rage during his rise to power may have been the result of mercury poisoning, according to American medical historians today. ( Daily Telegraph , The Times , The Guardian , The Independent )

Early deaths through smoking save the Czech government tens of millions of pounds a year in health care, pensions and housing, according to Philip Morris, the world's biggest cigarette company. ( Daily Telegraph , Daily Mail , The Times )

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