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May 22, 2001

Exams affected by lecturers' strike
Thousands of students had their examination preparations disrupted as lecturers at 290 further education colleges staged a one-day strike over pay. Lecturers’ union Natfhe said 30,000 lecturers were likely to be involved in the stoppage. They want an immediate £3,000 rise.

Plans for GM crop trials stopped
A campaign group has welcomed the withdrawal of genetically modified crop trials in Warwickshire. Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, said he was delighted that plans to trial a herbicide-tolerant maize crop at Wolston, close to the Henry Doubleday Research Association's Ryton Organic Garden, near Coventry, had been abandoned.

University counts cost of fire
City University, London, is assessing the damage from a fire that may have destroyed its oldest building last night. Firefighters fought for two hours to contain the blaze in College Building. Seventy students sitting an examination were among those who had to be evacuated.

Organ scandal fall-out affects cancer research
New legislation and the Alder Hey organ scandal are preventing vital cancer research from being carried out, it was claimed today. Chris Foster, a pathologist at the Royal Liverpool Hospitals, said studies into breast and prostate cancer would not be conducted at the university laboratories. Researchers are now unable to use stored tissue from living cancer patients without permission.   

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