[ASC-media] Media Release -- NewScientist 25 January

Garman, Joanne (RBI - AUS) Joanne at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jan 23 15:58:06 EST 2003


STORIES FROM 25 JANUARY 2003 ISSUE

REPLACEMENT ORGANS, HOT OFF THE PRESS Tissue engineers from South Carolina
have "printed" three-dimensional tubes of living tissue using modified
desktop printers filled with suspensions of cells instead of ink. The
technology is the first step towards producing complex tissues and organs.
It has the potential to overcome some major obstacles. Page 16

PRIMATES POP PRENATAL DRUG Japanese biologists have found that the female
sifaka, a type of lemur, eats plants rich in poisonous tannins in the weeks
before giving birth. The researchers believe that by ingesting the plants
the lemur may be protecting its developing baby. It is the first animal
known to self-medicate when pregnant. Page 22

EARTH TO MARS IN JUST SIX WEEKS New Scientist explains how NASA plans to
slash the journey time from Earth to Mars from six months to less than six
weeks using a nuclear fusion-powered engine. Page 23

CELL RE-EDUCATION REVERSES AUTOIMMUNE ATTACK Researchers at the University
of Queensland may have found a way to reverse the process by which the
body's immune system learns to attack its own tissues. The discovery could
eventually lead to vaccines to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
and juvenile diabetes, as well as allergies like asthma. New Scientist's
free public website at http://www.newscientist.com

BUSH DEFIED OVER GREENHOUSE GAS CUTS Regional politicians in the US are
effectively bypassing the Bush administration over greenhouse gas emissions.
Disaffected by the lack of Federal action on global warming, state
legislators and senators are taking matters into their own hands, and
pushing new proposals to drive emissions down. Pages 4-5

THE NEW DARK AGE There is a gaping hole in our understanding of the
Universe. Either nine-tenths of all matter has slipped through our fingers,
or we've failed to understand gravity properly. New Scientist peers into the
murky world of dark matter. Pages 28-32, and then...BREAKING THE LAW It may
sound like heresy but did Newton get gravity wrong? His famous law has gone
unchallenged for more than 300 years. But is the motion of the stars now
asking us to question his theory? Pages 34-37

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS: PILLS ARE NOT THE ANSWER Shere Hite comments on how
the pharmaceutical industry has misunderstood the basics of female biology
in its quest for a female Viagra. Page 25

THE WORD: QUOKKA Western Australian biologists are having to teach quokkas
to fear predators. Page 49

AUSTRALASIAN: INHALING THE FUTURE Bob Johnstone tells how a small Australian
company has done a deal with Japanese office equipment manufacturer, Canon,
over a new way of delivering drugs-using inkjet technology. Page 55

FIRST TRULY ARTIFICIAL ORGANISM ENGINEERED The world's first truly
artificial organism has been engineered by researchers in California. The
bacterium produces an amino acid that no other organism does, and uses it to
build proteins. The research promises to open up new ways of manufacturing
drugs. See also... 'Cleaned' hard drives reveal secrets; Worms unravel gene
function; The elephant fence. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com

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