The Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2001

The scientific equivalent of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is underway at Carlton Gardens with over 20 fascinating topics to choose from.

David Bruce(

LONDON One of the highlights of the scientific social calendar got underway on 3 July with the opening of the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2001.

The exhibition runs from 3-5 July and consists of 23 different stands encompassing subjects as diverse as virtual fossils, quantum computers, pressure sensitive paints and nanotechnology.

A team led by Moira Brown at the University of Glasgow presented their work on the treatment of cancer, involving harnessing the ability of viruses to invade cells. By removing a single gene they created a herpes simplex virus strain 1716 (HSV 1716) that selectively replicates within actively dividing cells i.e. cancer cells. In October 1997 they injected these modified HSV 1716 into 9 glioma (a highly malignant tumour) patients with a life expectancy of 3-4 months. Three of these patients are still alive nearly 4 years after the initial treatment.

In order to fully exploit this technology a...

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