From today's UK papers

September 12, 2001

The Independent

Malaria could return to Britain as an endemic disease, scientists at the University of Durham said yesterday when they announced a plan to produce a "risk map" showing which areas were most likely to suffer an outbreak.

Only five per cent of children from broken homes believe their parents' separation was properly explained to them, research from Kings College suggests today.

Daily Telegraph

Fertility experts and leading scientists are to boycott a forthcoming conference on cloning that will be presided over by Dr Severino Antinori, the doctor who plans to clone the first human body.

Financial Times

The international investment community is dumbstruck by the inadequate response of the South African government to combating the HIV/Aids pandemic ravaging the economy, according to Jeffrey Sachs, director of the centre for international development at Harvard University.

Finding a new blockbuster drug has become harder now research and development is more complex, more expensive and more time-consuming, says Adrian Michaels.

The Guardian

Government attempts to spread prosperity around Britain have so far failed. Disparities between north and south are widening rather than narrowing, a minister has acknowledged.

The gap between women's and men's pay, already 18 per cent on average, could widen under privatisation of public services, Julie Mellor, chairwoman of the equal opportunities commission, warned yesterday.

Last year's floods have left a potential "chemical time bomb" on farming land in the north, according to pollution checks by scientists at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Spain's Catholic bishops have been accused of turning the clock back to the days of the Inquisition by launching a campaign to purge state schools of teachers of religion who are deemed to have behaved "sinfully".

Daily Mail

A drug used to treat diabetes could also stop the condition developing in the first place, doctors at Newcastle University said yesterday. Sufferers of impaired glucose tolerance - the forerunner of diabetes - have had their illness dramatically reversed by taking a daily dose of Avandia.

Miscellany

Slobodan Milosevic, whose propagandists depicted him as the saviour of the Serbs during his years as the leader of Serbia and later of the rump of Yugoslavia, has been dropped from history books introduced at the start of the school year in Serbia. ( Independent , Guardian )

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