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Scientists outline research excellence.

Birmingham is being touted as a centre of academic excellence during the G8 Summit, when leading scientists will divulge what research is being carried out in the city.

Several briefings have been organised for the 4,000 members of the world's media at the National Indoor Arena today and tomorrow to prove the city is at the forefront of science, technology and business.

Prof Richard Palmer, from the University of Birmingham's nanoscale physics research laboratory, will be speaking about the latest developments and discoveries in nanotechnology, the application of science to tiny systems the size of atoms.

And Prof David Kerr, at the university's CRC Institute for Cancer Studies, will reveal how scientists have "turned nature on its head" by using a genetically engineered variant of the common cold virus to target ovarian and colo-rectal cancer.

The university will also hold briefings on work being carried out to measure harmful particles - less than a millionth of a millimetre - which pollute the atmosphere, and the latest developments in personal networked computers.

Det Insp Richard Leary, crime co-ordinator at West Midlands Police's CID headquarters, will outline the latest developments in DNA technology in the fight against crime.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 15, 1998
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