From today's UK papers

August 14, 2001

The Independent

The A-level results of about 250,000 candidates, due on Thursday, will show a rise in the pass rate for the 19th year in succession.

Human skin cells may have the ability to transform into nerve, fat and muscle cells that could be grown into tissues to treat disease, scientists at Toronto's McGill University reported yesterday.

Yale University has been embarrassed by research revealing deep ties between itself and several prominent defenders of slavery in America.

The Guardian

The novelist Doris Lessing has claimed that men are the new silent victims in the sex war, "continually demeaned and insulted" by women without a whimper of protest.

The glow of urban and suburban lamps means that for many the sky never gets darker than it would during natural twilight, according to the US National Geographical Data Centre and astronomers at the University of Padua.

Headteachers' salaries are falling further behind comparable jobs in the private sector and other public services, according to evidence from Hay management consultants being put before the body that sets their pay.

Because of the US clampdown on stem-cell and cloning research, biologist Roger Pedersen is quitting his post in California for Cambridge University, and he says others may follow him.

Course supply at universities has outstripped demand, making it a student buyers' market.

The Daily Telegraph

Doctors might soon be able to target treatment for a rare form of childhood cancer after a discovery at Birmingham University that identifies a new aggressive type of the disease.

A biochemist who said she was about to clone human beings is being investigated for allegedly defrauding investors by promising to bring their loved ones back to life.

Financial Times

British scientists at the Medical Research Council are taking steps to set up the world's most comprehensive bank of embryonic stem cells, for use first in research and perhaps later for clinical use.

Investment banks are catching minority students at an early age.

The Times

Barely one in 20 readers of comics is female because of growing "gender seperatism" and an explosion in demand for sex-obsessed girls' magazines, a lecturer at Sunderland University has found.

A new treatment for a form of leukaemia that attacks the over-50s has been made available in Britain and Europe by Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The Daily Mail

Workers on fixed-term contracts may be given a legal right to equal pay. Such staff will be entitled to the same treatment as full-time employees under rules being introduced by the European Union.

Patients who have an unswerving belief that God will see them through serious illness really do have a better chance of survival, doctors at Duke University and Bowling Green State University have discovered.

Miscellany

British patients with the human form of BSE and similar diseases desperate for a treatment that will halt their conditions will soon be allowed to try a drug at the University of California, long used to fight malaria and intestinal parasites. ( The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Times )

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