March 8, 2005
Susan Menning The passage of Proposition 71 gives $3 billion in bonds over a 10-year period to fund stem cell research and facilities in the state. Sue Bryant, dean of biological sciences at UC Irvine and a leading researcher in limb regeneration, is one of 29 members of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee that governs the stem cell research institute approved by voters in the Nov. 2 election. The commission also will establish best practices for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, a virtual research institute charged with the allocation of stem cell research funding.
June 4, 2005
Last week, the House of Representatives voted, 238-194, to repeal President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. This would pave the way for the use of government money for research on stem cells obtained from unused frozen embryos. The Senate was expected to move on a similar bill, though President Bush has already stated that he would veto any such measure. The vote came after South Korean scientists reported success in cloning stem cells that were a match genetically for injured or sick patients.
December 19, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH - With the classic Mission Impossible theme song thumping in the background, two junior FBI agent look-alikes described the function of transfer and messenger ribosomal nucleic acid, or RNA, in animal cells. "We're sort of like the detectives of the animal cell," explained Nathan Cramer, 12. As a little life-science review, the function of messenger RNA is to decode DNA into a readable form and act as the messenger between the DNA and protein-producing ribosomes in cells.
August 11, 2005
When Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) -- a physician and point-man for President Bush in the Senate -- crossed up his boss last week by announcing his support of a bill expanding federal funding for the use of embryos in stem cell research, the rhetoric instantly hit the fan. Two examples will illustrate. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- who is on record as saying that the right to consensual sex within our own homes opens the door to bigamy, polygamy and incest, among other aberrations -- told a Los Angeles Times reporter, "Without question, the president will veto this.
August 7, 2006
Cameras, directions, calendars ? cell phones seem to have everything these days, and industry experts expect that trend to continue with new technology constantly in development. Personalization is key, said Rosaline Hour, director of marketing and public relations at Newport Beach-based Yakety Yak Wireless Superstores, a franchise with two Newport Beach stores. "The consumers in Orange County are probably the most tech savvy, and around here, a lot are in business and they need phones that do it all-in-one," she said.
February 19, 2002
Deirdre Newman Some high school students say they are in favor of legislation making its way through the Capitol that would lift the current ban on cell phones for local school districts that wanted to set their own rules. "I think [cell phones] should be allowed," said Kristi Koon, a sophomore at Newport Harbor High School. "If something happened, we would need something." Currently the phones, along with pagers and any other electronic signaling devices, are banned on school sites by state law. The district also has its own policy against cell phones and other electronic accessories because of their disruptiveness, said trustee Martha Fluor.
October 3, 2008
Stem cell treatment will be discussed at an hourlong presentation given 7 p.m. Tuesday at UCI. Peter Donovan will host “Stem Cells: Building New Treatment for Human Disease,” which will focus on UCI’s progress in stem cell research and discuss future advances in the field with implications for treating human disease, ethical concerns and issues of justice. Donovan’s background includes researching the basic properties of stem cells and focusing on the genetic and environmental signals controlling their behavior.
March 25, 2006
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, the saying goes, but a bunch of old dogs in Irvine may be teaching us a few new tricks about controlling memory loss. For five years, UC Irvine medical researcher Elizabeth Head has studied aging in the brain. Her work is part of a growing body of research suggesting that a diet rich in certain vitamins and other compounds can repair memory loss and improve learning capabilities. In a study of beagles between the ages of 8 and 12, Head tested the dogs' ability to keep and make memories.
August 29, 2002
Deirdre Newman The incessant ringing of a cell phone can be a major nuisance. But the phones provide a sense of security that has no equal among electronic devices. Until Wednesday, cell phones were banned on school campuses statewide. But now that Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill repealing the ban, school boards will have to navigate a policy that bridges the positive and negative aspects of the electronic devices. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has its own policy forbidding cell phones, pagers and other electronic accessories at schools because of their disruptiveness.