From today's UK papers

September 3, 2001

Daily Telegraph

A drug derived from the saliva of leeches can reduce the risk of a repeat heart attack by a third, according to the results of a study.

The first cup of coffee of the day may wake you up but it could also damage your arteries, the European Society Of Cardiology has been told.

The Guardian

Scientists fighting malaria are preparing the ground for one of the most audacious attempts ever to wipe out disease: genetically modifying an entire animal species in the wild.

The United States marks the official end of summer today with the Labor Day holiday, for a population that works the longest hours in the industrialised world. Americans are now working a week a year more than 10 years ago, researchers have found.

Financial Times

British foodmakers and retailers will this week be given guidelines on how to avoid accidentally introducing genetically modified ingredients into products.

The relationship between the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and the developing world is under the spotlight in an action challenging Pfizer over the way it conducted clinical trials in Nigeria five years ago.

Japanese prep schools play a valuable role in helping students prepare their MBA applications, but some question the extent of that help.

Giving in to middle-class outcry will neither increase access nor solve the lack of funding for tertiary education.

The Times

Telecommunications companies are promising salvation for anyone who has been embarrassed when they could not remember their work, home, mobile, fax or pager numbers, or their email address. The US government has backed a scheme to give people a single contact number.

Universities face "dumbing down" unless a way is found to square the ideals of social inclusiveness and excellence, according to Sir William Stewart, president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Astronauts on the International Space Station have been supplied with do-it-yourself pregnancy tests in case the enforced intimacy of space travel prompts mixed crews to try for the 200-mile-high club.

Billionaire founder of Netscape, Jim Clark, is withholding $60 million (£41 million) he had pledged to stem-cell research in protest over US president George Bush's decision to limit work in that field.

Daily Mail

Genetic engineering should be used to boost human intelligence, according to Stephen Hawking. Otherwise, the human race is in danger of being enslaved by computers, he says in an article in the German news magazine Focus .


Estelle Morris, education secretary, set the government on a collision course with teaching unions yesterday when she declared that Britain's failing state schools "need" the help of private firms. ( The Independent , Financial Times )

Head teachers in successful secondary schools are to be given new freedoms to change the curriculum and vary staff pay and conditions in the government's plan for schools, to be published on Wednesday. ( The Guardian , The Independent )

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