Did you know?

Did you know?

Did you know?

  • that twenty-one governments around the Pacific rim have
    vowed they will give internet access to everyone in the region by 2010.
  • that Britain is to commit more than 24,000 troops and 18
    warships to a European Defence force.
  • that scientists have discovered a gene mutation that can
    double the life span of fruit flies. Researchers at the University of
    Connecticut Health Center have found that the life span of the flies was
    extended from an average of 37 days to 70 days. Some flies in the study
    lived 110 days. The same long-life gene exists in humans, said Dr. Stephen
    L. Helfand, senior author of the study, and "offers a target for future
    drug therapies aimed at extending life."
  • that since 1997, 11 popular prescription drugs have been
    pulled from pharmacies after causing deaths or serious injuries. The latest,
    Lotronex, was banned recently for causing deadly intestinal side effects
    just nine months after it began selling. Likewise, five others were
    withdrawn roughly a year after hitting the market. Some critics say FDA
    approves new drugs too quickly. Under congressional pressure, the FDA has
    sped up: Average review time for new drugs was 14.6 months in fiscal 2000,
    down from 34.3 months in 1993. Drugs deemed breakthroughs, and drugs
    whose makers pay special fees to FDA, can get a speedier six-month review.
  • that scientists have deciphered for the first time the
    entire genetic makeup of a plant. The breakthrough has been hailed as a
    milestone in genetics that will accelerate our ability to grow better food
    and identify the drugs of tomorrow.