Threat of gene tests

The recommendations of the human genetics advisory commission (Go-ahead for genetic testing on employees, July 15) may lead to a genetic underclass excluded from work and have a negative impact on wider public health goals, if, as they suggest, responsibility for health and safety shifts from the employer to the individual employee.

19, Jul, 1999 @12:57 AM

Dark side of the man

There is a glorious urban myth told about Neil Armstrong. As he climbs on his Apollo 11 spaceship to return to Earth, he mutters the following, strange words: 'This one's for you, Jablonski.'

18, Jul, 1999 @5:46 PM

Splashdown could solve Moon mystery

Thirty years after the first manned Moon landing, US space engineers are preparing for the ultimate splashdown by crashing a space probe into a lunar crater.

18, Jul, 1999 @5:46 PM

Strange legacy of a trip to the moon

Like Graham Hill, who survived a career in motor racing but died in a plane crash, Pete Conrad made a mess of statistics. He travelled three times into space and came back alive but died in a motorcycle accident on American terra firma last week, just short of the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Mark Lawson

17, Jul, 1999 @12:16 AM

The gene genie

We are on the verge of a troubling future. The human genome project - mapping the 70,000 genes which make up a human being - is expected to produce its first rough draft next year. Over the next few decades, our understanding of our genes will grow: how they interact with each other and their relationship to the illnesses we suffer. The implications are huge, and as the "gay gene" scare showed, the emotions riding on this subject are intense. The great, and understandable, fear is of a crude genetic determinism - a gene for alcoholism, another for schizophrenia. In reality, research recognises the enormously complex relationship between, for example, "the breast cancer" gene and the chances of developing breast cancer. It understands, too, the role of environment and even of chance.

17, Jul, 1999 @12:03 AM

Freedom in our genes
Darwin can't explain our politics, right or left, argues Robert Grant

16, Jul, 1999 @11:50 PM

The dark side of Halley

Everyone has heard of Halley's comet. Less well-known is his revolutionary research on eclipses, writes Duncan Steel

15, Jul, 1999 @1:21 PM

Columbus and the night of the bloody moon

In 1504 while Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica, he used his foreknowledge of a lunar eclipse to fool the natives into provisioning his men. Knowledge is power. When dealing with a less scientific society, our ancestors had no qualms about using advance predictions of celestial events like eclipses to con the natives.

15, Jul, 1999 @1:38 AM

Science update

Apollo: 1969

15, Jul, 1999 @1:38 AM

Mir crew in peril as old comrades squabble below

Russia's ageing Mir space station is marooned in space and is losing air pressure. Its mission control yesterday admitted that the station, which has been in orbit for more than 13 years, was no longer hermetically sealed.

Robin McKie, London, and Tom Whitehouse, Moscow

11, Jul, 1999 @6:11 PM

Charles Conrad

Charles "Pete" Conrad, who has died in a motorcycle accident aged 69, was commander of the Apollo 12 space mission that touched down in the ocean of storms on November 19, 1969, in the second lunar landing. He was the third American astronaut to walk on the moon.

Pearce Wright

10, Jul, 1999 @5:44 PM

British police face a CS gas attack

The chemical used by forces to subdue attackers could have highly dangerous side effects. Steve Wright and Rob Evans look at the possible conclusions of a forthcoming report

08, Jul, 1999 @2:50 PM

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