No. 4510 Thursday 6 May 1999 Vol. 129

Abraham Building set to attract top scientists : Construction work begins ithis month on a major new building which will provide laboratory space for an Oxford initiative to investigate new antibiotics and the subtle ways viruses can exploit weaknesses in the immune system.

Oxford most popular gazetted name : Oxford is the most popular name in English for transplanting around the world—with no fewer than 30 namesakes.

Blair sets out his stall on welfare reform : Britain has been experiencing a quiet revolution in welfare reform ever since Labour came to power in May 1997, Mr Tony Blair told an invited audience of mainly Oxford academics and students.

Sixth-formers attend masterclasses : Sixth-formers from 12 Oxfordshire schools tried their hands at Particle Physics—the study of the basic building blocks of the universe—at the University on 22 and 23 April, the third year running for the Oxford Particle Physics Masterclasses.

Child's skeleton links Neanderthals to modern humans : The skeleton of a four-year-old child, who died some 24,500 years ago according to Oxford scientists, has produced new evidence to suggest that Neanderthals and modern humans did interbreed.

Cambridge surgeon for Chair of Transplantation : Mr Peter Friend, University Lecturer in the Department of Surgery, Cambridge University, Fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine at Magdalene College, and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, has been appointed to the newly-established Professorship of Transplantation.

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