Update: 12:25

October 22, 2002

Future of the Oxford tutorial threatened
The future of the Oxford University tutorial is under threat as several faculties have moved to replace them with classes, according to students. Under a pilot scheme, some law, psychology, politics and philosophy students have been taking part in classes of up to ten other undergraduates with their tutor instead of a one-to-one discussion.

Health problems of IVF children to be studied
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is launching a major study to assess potential health problems faced by children conceived as a result of fertility treatment. Follow-up health checks are being made on all 68,000 IVF children born since the first test-tube baby in 1978. The HFEA and the Medical Research Council have established a joint working party, chaired by senior epidemiologist Professor Catherine Peckham.

Queen opens Darwin Centre zoology collection
The Queen will this afternoon officially open the first of two phases of a major new development at the Natural History Museum - the Darwin Centre. She will see some of the 22 million zoology specimens housed in the new building and meet scientists whose research the collection supports.

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