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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More and Less 

A global survey of sexual and reproductive health, led by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has some interesting results. It demonstrates that, contrary to what many pundits keep screaming, people don't seem to be having more premarital sex than they were years ago. It also suggests that (as we all know already) religious bans on contraception boost poverty and STD rates, especially in the poorest countries. Hopefully we will soon get a peek at some more of the data in that survey.

Speaking of uncontrolled reproduction, we have cancer, where cells divide uncontrollably and kill the body. Swiss researchers have taken a dramatic direction in what could prove an effective next generation of cancer irradiation therapy: using an antiproton beam instead of a proton one, they find that they can kill tumor cells with one quarter the number of particles, theoretically reducing the damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Antimatter against cancer...I like that.

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