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January 17, 2002

Animal experiments fast track to US
British researchers are going to the United States to carry out animal experiments to avoid delays caused by public sensitivity and official bureaucracy. Clive Page, of Kings College London, told the House of Lords select committee session on animals in scientific procedures that he had sent researchers to America four times in the past three years because it was quicker and cheaper than applying for a licence to do the work in Britain.

UCL launches coronary predication program
A computer program that can predict a person’s lifetime risk of suffering a heart attack was unveiled today at the opening of the £5.4 million British Heart Foundation laboratory at University College London.

Professor blasts 'remedial' Scottish courses
Strathclyde University professor Joseph Farrell says Scottish school-leaving certificates are so low grade that first-year university courses are often no more than “remedial education”. Scottish students consistently lagged behind their counterparts from other European Union countries, he said. 

Suspended student sparks bloodbath
A student at the Appalachian School of Law shot and killed the dean, another faculty member, and a student after being suspended on Wednesday, police in Virginia said. Three other students were seriously wounded in the attack. The student, a naturalised US citizen, is said to have dropped out last year but allowed to return to the private school.

Audit ultimatum for Scottish FE
Training and education in Scotland’s further education colleges could be in jeopardy unless financial management and accountability is improved throughout the sector, the Scottish Parliament’s audit committee has said. Ministers should consider giving the Scottish Further Education Funding Council the power to intervene directly.   

Re-opening of Zambian university mooted

University of Zambia vice-chancellor Mutale Chanda said yesterday that the university, closed two weeks ago, will re-open "sooner than most people expected".

It's a bug's life in Idaho
Newly discovered bugs unlike any other found on earth form part of an exhibition opening today. Details of the microbes, which were discovered living in darkness 200m below a hot spring in Idaho, United States, will be unveiled at the Science Museum in London.   

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