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Nature Publishing Group
18 Dec 2006
Has the promise of islet transplantation to treat diabetes been fully realised? Not yet, according to a Viewpoint article to be published in the diabetes-themed January issue of Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism, in which Piotr Witkowski and Kevan Herold discuss current practice and conclude that the procedure is far from perfect
International Rice Research Institute
18 Dec 2006
Los Banos, Philippines – It’s a long way from the small Texas town of Alvin to the lush green rice fields of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Despite this, the two places have played interesting roles in one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of efforts to ease human hunger and suffering.
Nature Publishing Group
17 Dec 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers for Nature and the Nature Research Journals that will be published online on 17 December 2006. Genetic mutation in autism, Synchronized sleeping in the brain and Humans follow the scent
Universiti Sains Malaysia
17 Dec 2006
Prof Abdul Latif Ahmad from Universiti Sains Malaysia recently won the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for his research into alternative resources of water.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
17 Dec 2006
There are an estimated 1.2 million premises with individual septic tanks in Malaysia. Presently, prefabricated ISTs are made from fibreglass, a mixture of glass fibre and unsaturated polyester costing about RM800. USM researchers have managed to substitute glass fibres with natural fibre and reduce the cost to RM 400 for each tank.
Tokyo University of Science
15 Dec 2006
The Tokyo University of Science signed an Academic Cooperation Agreement with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences to proceed research collaboration in various fields.
Nature Publishing Group
14 Dec 2006
A set of guidelines for pathologists that may greatly improve the diagnosis of malignant lymphomas are published online this week by Leukemia. In five related papers, a group of leading scientists participating in the EU-supported BIOMED-2 programme report a new test that could be used as an efficient and cost-effective method to diagnose lymphomas
Nature Publishing Group
14 Dec 2006
The obstacles facing the development of genetics-based personalized medicine are described online this week in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee highlights the problematic use of race and ethnicity as classification tools for genetically distinct populations.
Tokyo University of Science
14 Dec 2006
Tokyo University of Science concluded an Academic Cooperation Agreement with the University of California, Davis in the USA. A Study Abroad Program will be implemented under the Agreement.
Nature Publishing Group
13 Dec 2006
An anonymous online poll of nearly 1700 researchers has revealed intriguing insights into scientists’ views on the use of animals in research.
Nature Publishing Group
13 Dec 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers published in Nature on 14 December 2006. Fossils push back date of mammals’ first flight, CO2 receptors and malaria, Botulinum toxin structure unveiled, Martian plains as old as the hills, Bendy organic electronics, Dental plans and diets, and Triassic microworld caught in amber
Wellcome Trust
13 Dec 2006
For the first time, researchers in Laos have published a study on the causes of bacteraemia, or blood infections caused by invasive bacteria, in the local population. The study has major healthcare implications for Laos, one of the world's poorest nations.
Gulf Research Center
12 Dec 2006
Throughout the history of Iraq, the regular army has more than once demonstrated its ability to serve as a national instrument, standing above ethnic, sectarian, and regional affiliations.
Nature Publishing Group
10 Dec 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers published online on 10 December 2006 in Nature and Nature Research Journals. Lightning strikes twice for milk drinkers, How shigella causes dysentery, Sensing fungal infections, and Improving metagenomics efforts.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
10 Dec 2006
Mary Robinson, a former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will call today for policymakers to adopt an approach to climate change that is rooted in the international human rights framework.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
10 Dec 2006
This new Spiral Wound Membrane (SWM) module has a greatly enhanced lifespan and will be of great benefit to the water purification and waste water treatment industry.
Gulf Research Center
10 Dec 2006
The signing of the border agreement between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah, in June 2000, was considered by many to be a milestone in Saudi-Yemen relations, raising expectations on both sides about finally settling territorial disputes and improving security cooperation.
Nature Publishing Group
07 Dec 2006
The biological role of a potassium channel in a pathogen that colonizes the stomach is characterized in a study to be published online this week in The EMBO Journal.
Nature Publishing Group
06 Dec 2006
New molecular evidence, published online by Nature this week, sheds significant doubt on the charges against six medical workers facing the death penalty in Libya. They are charged with deliberately contaminating more than 400 children with HIV in 1998.
Nature Publishing Group
06 Dec 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers from Nature Vol.444 No.7120 including Key influenza virus molecule visualised, Navigating the mouse brain, Protein blocks brain tumour growth, Targets for improvement in the developing world, Crime and punishment, New stable ‘table top’ particle accelerator, Big brown bats feel the magnetic force ...
Nature Publishing Group
05 Dec 2006
The results of the first large-scale empirical study of how consumers view the risks and benefits of nanotechnology are reported in the December issue of Nature Nanotechnology.
Nature Publishing Group
03 Dec 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers from Nature Research Journals include Mycobacterium tuberculosis copper regulator found – Nature Chemical Biology, Key to relapsing multiple sclerosis – Nature Immunology, Fast 3D imaging of brain cell networks – Nature Methods
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
01 Dec 2006
The Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA invites potential M.Sc and Ph.D. candidates to joint our research team in the field of Wastewater Engineering and Environmental Management. Work on these projects are expected to start in Feb 2007
Wellcome Trust
30 Nov 2006
For the first time in almost forty years, researchers are creating a global map of malaria risk. The Malaria Atlas Project, or MAP, will help identify populations at particular risk and predict the impact of the disease, allowing health resources to be targeted at those areas most at risk.
Tokyo University of Science
30 Nov 2006
Professor Yoshikazu Honma of Tokyo University of Science and the research group has succeeded in synthesizing high-quality monolayer carbon nanotubes using, as catalysts, various metals previously considered incapable of generating carbon nanotubes (such as gold, silver and copper) for the first time in the world.
Nature Publishing Group
29 Nov 2006
The constant presence of a population of ‘regulatory’ immune cells is essential for the prevention of autoimmune disease, according to a paper published in the February issue of Nature Immunology.
Nature Publishing Group
29 Nov 2006
Summaries of newsworthy papers from Nature. VOL.444 NO. 7119 include Cancer: Cell senescence cancer link, Climate change: Gulf Stream weakened during Little Ice Age, Physiology: A toast to good health…. Material science: Terahertz-controlling device, The alchemy of violin-making
International Rice Research Institute
29 Nov 2006
Singapore – Rice production in Southeast Asia – arguably the region’s most important industry – has received a major boost with the endorsement of three new strategies by the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
28 Nov 2006
A pioneering international alliance that aims to ensure that poor people in Africa and Asia get a greater share of the benefits from local forests will hold its first full meeting in Uganda next week.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
26 Nov 2006
Governments meeting this week are being urged to take a new approach to intellectual property rights to reflect the needs, customs and views of indigenous communities in developing nations.