17:19 ET AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS CLAIM NEW CLONING TECHNIQUE
CANBERRA (Aug. 14) XINHUA - Australian scientists Monday claimed a world-first
in the development of therapeutic cloning techniques that could be used for the
treatment of diseases such as HIV, Alzheimer's and diabetes.
Professor Alan Trounson, deputy director of the Monash Institute of Reproduction
and Development, told reporters that a team of scientists had proven the theory
that cells could be grown using a patient's own DNA.
Therapeutic cloning involves the growing of cells in the laboratory and
reintroducing them into the body where they have the potential to grow into any
type of cell.
Trounson said that the breakthrough had been achieved by Monash Ph.D. student
Megan Munsie, who had successfully removed the DNA from an unfertilized mouse
egg and replaced it with the DNA of a cell developed from a second mouse.
But he said it could be at least five years before the research was applied to
"This research enables us to go on and explore human applications," Trounson
"We've talked about it but never been able to prove it - now we can," he said.
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17:19 ET SINGAPORE YOUNG PEOPLE'S MYOPIA RATE TOPS WORLD LIST
SINGAPORE (Aug. 14) XINHUA - A study found that Singapore has the highest number
of young people suffering from short sightedness in the world, local TV Channel
newsAsia reported Monday.
17:19 ET LOW PRICED MEDICINES TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE PHILIPPINES SEPT
MANILA, Aug 14, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- From September consumers will be
able to buy low-priced medicines in select outlets accredited by the Department
of Health (DOH).
17:19 ET AIDS NEARS EPIDEMIC DIMENSION IN RUSSIAN REGION.
KIROV, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - AIDS assumes an epidemic proportion in the Perm
Region, situated in the north-east of European Russia. According to data of the
regional centre for AIDS prevention, AIDS was registered in 21 out of 46
region's districts since the start of the current year.
17:19 ET RWANDAN GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN AIDS CONTROL
NAIROBI (Aug. 14) XINHUA - The Rwandan government has pledged to support all
youth programs aimed at controlling AIDS, Rwanda News Agency reported on Monday.
"Rwanda expects a lot from youths particularly in as far as AIDS control is