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May 13, 2002

Medical schools attack staff cuts
Hundreds of staff are losing their jobs at Britain's medical schools just as they are being asked to train 15,000 new doctors by 2008.

Royal Society head rejects accusations of sexism
Lord May of Oxford has defended the Royal Society's decision to elect just four women among 42 new fellows.

Let children trace sperm donors, says Warnock
Children conceived using donated sperm should be able to trace their biological fathers, Baroness Warnock, the main architect of Britain's fertility laws, will say this week.
(Times, Independent, Guardian)

Scientists honour Dolly creator
Ian Wilmut of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, who led the team that produced Dolly the sheep using the cell nuclear replacement cloning technique, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society.

IQ test says Britons are brainiest in Europe
Britain is brainier than its main EU partners, according to a televised experiment to test the nation's intelligence.
(Times, Mail)

Midges' bloodsucking days are numbered
Edinburgh University scientists are testing a midge magnet that lures midges away from humans. Holidays in the Highlands will never be the same again.

Search for living Inca
Keith McKenzie, an archaeologist at George Mason University in the US, is leading the hunt for relatives of the children who were sacrificed to the gods five hundred years ago.

Soap boom linked to increase in eczema
Michael Cork, consultant dermatologist at the University of Sheffield, has found that a huge rise in sales of soap products has triggered a six-fold incease in the number of children with eczema.
(Mail, Independent)

Science is destroying us
Francis Fukuyama looks into the future and does not like what he sees.

Sociologist who wrote seminal work dies
David Riesman, the socioloist whose book The Lonely Crowd anticipated the rise of youth culture and politics as entertainment, has died at the age of 92.
(Telegraph, Guardian)

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