The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 122, 23 October 2002
Merger talks forge ahead«
Drug could cut heart attacks and strokes by a third«
China and Europe in space pre-nuptials…«
Goldsmiths' Wing reopens«
Faculty of physical sciences inauguration«
Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences«
Facing new challenges«
Silwood safe, and healthy«
Soul boy makes the money market sing«
In Brief«
Media spotlight«
What's on«

Media spotlight
with Judith H Moore

Targeting gene delivery
Hope of curing genetic diseases using gene therapy may be a step closer thanks to US scientists who have overcome the problem of targeting delivery of functional copy of genes. Speaking to New Scientist (14/10/02), Dr Simon Waddington, biomedical sciences, says the new method overcomes both the problem of random insertion of genes and appears to be a very efficient method of gene therapy. Genes delivered randomly often insert into inactive parts of the genome, but the new method always inserts in active areas. "The integrated genes are sure to be expressed," he added.

London congestion charging is world experiment
The eyes of transport experts around the world will be firmly fixed on London on 17 February 2003 - the date Mayor, Ken Livingston has set for the introduction of controversial congestion charges in the centre of the capital. The largest scheme of its type to go on trial in any city across the globe, expert opinion is still divided over whether the project will succeed. "It's sort of a quick fix system that will be able to achieve a certain amount...

But it's not a scheme that's amenable to changes in policy and even technology," said Dr Washington Ochieng, civil and environmental engineering. Channel Four News Online (09/10/02), Sunday Telegraph (13/10/02)

Human instincts
One of the most powerful human instincts is to produce a child, writes Lord Robert Winston, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, in an article for the Evening Standard (15/10/02). Offering his opinion, his comments herald the new BBC television series, Human Instincts, which begin today. "Infertility treatment can be both very costly for patients, and highly lucrative for its practitioners. The combination of these three instincts - the desire to have one's own child, the wish to be a leader in the field [of IVF] and, above all, commercial avarice - is potentially an explosive mixture," he told the Standard.

Imperial EMBA tops league
Imperial's executive MBA programme is ranked twelfth overall in the world, according to the Financial Times' top 50 courses. In other categories, Imperial's course, run through the management school, came first in salary increases, third in research schools rankings in Europe and forth in the league of top schools in Europe. Financial Times (14/10/02)

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