No. 4546 Thursday 4 May 2000 Vol. 130

University research offers new insight into Huntington's disease : Researchers at the University's Departments of Physiology and Experimental Psychology have announced the first evidence that a stimulating environment delays the onset of Huntington's disease, a lethal genetic disorder.

Beyond Control: Threats and Liberties in the Electronic Age : A day of discussion and debate on the future potential for control of the Internet, entitled `Beyond Control: Threats and Liberties in the Electronic Age', took place on Friday, 28 April, at the Oxford Union, sponsored by Guardian Unlimited.

New Gladstone Professor of Government : Professor Christopher Hood (BA, DLitt York, BLitt Glasgow), FBA, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, has been appointed to the Gladstone Professorship of Government.

Genome sequence of epidemic meningitis revealed : The complete genome sequence of a serogroup A strain of Neisseria meningitidis was published in Nature last month, following a collaboration between Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (WTCEID), the Sanger Centre, Cambridge, and the Max-Planck Institute, Berlin.

Oxford scientist traces the origins of the `forbidden fruit' : The ancestry of the Bramleys, Granny Smiths, and Coxes apples found on the shelves of every supermarket in Britain has been revealed by research carried out by Dr Barrie Juniper at the University's Department of Plant Sciences.

Candid camera snaps help save the tiger : A university researcher is highlighting ways to save the tiger, which is listed as a highly endangered species, with only 6–7,000 remaining at large in the wild.

Professor Brady and Professor Davies receive research awards: Professor Michael Brady, FRS, Professor of Information Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science and Fellow of Keble College, has been awarded £225,000 in the second round of the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme to enable his interdisciplinary team to use advance image analysis techniques for improvements in mammography. In the same round, Professor Kay Davies, Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy and Fellow of Hertford College, was awarded £85,499 to develop an innovative new group in the University's Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics, with emphasis on bioinformatics and comparative approach.

Collectomania: A new exhibition entitled `Collectomania' opened at the Balfour Galleries, Pitt Rivers Museum Annexe, on Monday, 1 May. In a display of photographs and artefacts six people from different walks of life talk about their collections, show their favourite objects, and answer questions. Visitors will be invited to talk about their own collections and add their thoughts to the exhibition's collectors album. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 1 p.m. –4.30 p.m. until Autumn 2000. Admission is free.

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