From today's UK papers

October 24, 2001

Scientists raise hopes of cure for anthrax
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Burnham Institute, California, have made two breakthroughs in anthrax research that could lead to a cure for the disease. (Independent, Financial Times)

Insurers to ban use of gene test for 5 years
A five-year moratorium on the use of genetic tests by insurers was announced by the government yesterday, after a deal was struck with the industry. (Daily Telegraph)

Schools told to step up security for their pupils
School security should be tightened to protect against terrorism, the Department for Education and Skills has said. (Independent)

GCSE results lift for City Academies
Government plans to set up business-sponsored City Academies will be boosted by publication today of results from their forerunners, City Technology Colleges. (Financial Times)

New university in Gloucestershire
The Government said yesterday that Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education will become the University of Gloucestershire, the first university to be founded in Britain for nearly 10 years. (Independent)

MPs urge more cash for breast cancer research
Members of Parliament from all sides of the political divide yesterday told the government that it had to invest more money for research into breast cancer. (Daily Telegraph)

Cold virus may cure prostrate cancer
A genetically modified form of the common cold virus could help cure prostate cancer, scientists at Henry Ford Hospital said yesterday. In trials, injections of a new, safe form of the virus have been given, aimed at targeting cancer cells. (Daily Mail)

£80m to rescue regional museums
A price was put on England's regional museums yesterday for the first time: £80 million a year more in government funding to halt their slide into terminal decline. (Guardian)

Runner-up for Booker Prize leaves winner behind in sales race
The Booker Prize is weaving its money-making magic again. Sales of Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang jumped almost 10-fold last week when it won the £21,000 prize. However, the novel is being outsold by the runner-up for this year's prize, Ian McEwan's Atonement, confirming the old suspicion that successive Booker judges do their best to ignore popular appeal. (Daily Telegraph)

British Psychological Society
On the day of its centenary Christopher Warman reports on the achievements of the BPS. (Times)

Exercise risk in pregnancy
Mothers who take part in vigorous exercise in the final weeks of pregnancy could increase the risk of their children developing the bone disease osteoporosis later in life, researchers at the University of Southampton said yesterday. (Daily Telegraph)

Life was a beach for ancient traders
New age travellers of the 1980s were not the first hedonists to enjoy wild parties on the beaches of Devon, new research has found. Some 1,500 years ago, according to new research by Exeter Archaeology, the Celts were partial to wine and feasting beside the Atlantic breakers. (Financial Times)

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