April 20 Postings
- SARS Severe acute respiratory
syndrome is spreading fear worldwide. "Over the last three months, as SARS has spread from
southern China to at least 25 other countries and regions, sickening an estimated 3,457 people
so far and killing 182 of them, health officials have imposed ever-stricter measures to stem it."
The New York Times has a special series on the subject. You
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- Jackson Labs finds possible
genetic glaucoma link with possible treatment implications "Bar Harbor, Maine- While studying
mice with a mutant gene whose counterpart causes inherited glaucoma in humans, researchers have
discovered a second gene mutation that worsens the structural eye defect that causes this type
of glaucoma. The newly discovered gene mutation affects production of L-DOPA. The researchers
suggest that it might be feasible to prevent glaucoma by administering L-DOPA, which is used in
treating Parkinson's disease."