Anti-HIV Vaccine Trial To Begin

Reuters reports that British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc on Thursday said it will begin a U.S. trial this year of a vaccine to prevent humans from being infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Healthy males and females who have not been exposed to the virus and who are at low risk of HIV infection will be enrolled later this year for the trials, which will take place at up to 11 clinical research centers in the United States, the firm said in a statement.
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Monkey Eggs – An Alternative to Cloning

Using a special chemical trigger, scientists said on Thursday they had tricked a monkey’s egg cell into forming an early embryo without benefit of sperm, and said the process might offer an acceptable alternative to cloning as a source of new medical treatments.

The tiny monkey embryo yielded stem cells, the master cells that scientists believe will one day be a source of tissues, organs and other treatments for conditions ranging from diabetes to a broken neck.

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Smart Bandages

“Scientists are working on a “smart bandage” that would detect specific bacteria in a wound. It eventually may help people self-diagnose illnesses, freeing doctors to focus on more seriously ill patients.

Scientists at the University of Rochester have yet to incorporate a sensor chip onto a gauze dressing but once completed, the bandage is expected to sense the germ and change color to alert a patient to the possibility of infection.”
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Fake Website Teaches Investors a Lesson

McWhortle Enterprises Inc. seems like the perfect investment for the post-September 11 world: a solid company, praised by analysts and customers, selling a handheld biohazard detector guaranteed to beep and flash in the presence of anthrax or other deadly germs.

Only one problem: The company doesn’t exist.

McWhortle Enterprises is a government hoax cloaked in respectability and planted on the Internet, waiting to deliver a lesson about the risks of online investing to unsuspecting consumers.
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Stem Cells Grown Into Functional Kidney

US scientists claim to have grown functional kidneys using stem cells taken from cloned cow embryos. Robert Lanza of biotech company Advanced Cell Technology told New Scientist that his team, working in collaboration with a group at Harvard University, coaxed the stem cells into becoming kidney cells, and then “grew” them on a kidney-shaped scaffold.
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Number of Habitable Planets Increased

How many potentially habitable planets are there? New calculations by Lineweaver and Daniel Grether, both of the University of New South Wales in Australia, provide an encouraging answer to this question. The researchers expect a flood of Jupiters will be found, perhaps 50 percent more than currently expected. This work supports the notion that the human race cannot survive if all humans only live on one planet.
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