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Clone the library cat

Texas-based Genetic Savings and Clone last week opened its doors to pet lovers who want to store the DNA of a cherished animal companion in the hopes that one day they will be cloned.
The research effort expects to successfully clone Missy, a mongrel adopted from a dog pound, within three months to a year.

At least two dozen surrogate canine mothers have been implanted with clone embryos and the researchers are waiting to see which, if any, develop into pregnancies.

Two Initiatives Support PubMed Central Model

Infotoday has a report on how pubmed is doing HERE

The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central, the free but not yet realized repository for medical science papers, has recently received two votes of confidence—one from a publisher’s project and another from a European program. BioMed Central biomedcentral.com is a new publisher-based Web initiative that will forge a relationship with PubMed Central to enhance the proposed PubMed Central distribution model. BioMed Central is part of the Current Science Group that also includes Current Controlled Trials, Ltd.; Current Medicine, Inc.; Science Press, Ltd.; and others. E-BioSci, the European initiative that is modeled after PubMed Central, will utilize a consortium-based administration and is attempting to form alliances with European publishers.

Internet porn issue revs up library race

Greenville County South Carolina is in the odd position of having people paying great attention to the upcoming library board elections. Story Here at Greenville Online

The Internet pornography issue has turned the normally ho-hum business of filling seats on the library board into a heated race, putting the controversy squarely in the Greenville County Council\'s lap next week as it chooses seven board members from a field of 16 candidates.

The higher-than-usual interest in the 11-member board comes at a time when the library is being criticized by a consultant who says the system is \"dysfunctional,\" offers poor service in many areas and lacks coordination with its branches.

\"This time we don\'t have to beg for candidates,\" said County Councilman Joe Dill. -- Read More

Worlds oldest Valentine unearthed in Britain

The world\'s oldest-known Valentine\'s Day message, written in 1477, was unveiled on Monday at the British Library and proves that when it comes to love, some things never change.

On February 14, 523 years ago, Margery Brews wrote what has become the oldest surviving Valentine\'s card, using all her womanly wiles to try and convince her lover to marry her.

She flattered her fiance, appealed to his chivalry, then she turned to emotional blackmail.
The letter is part of the library\'s Millennium exhibition: ``Chapter & Verse: 1,000 years of English literature.\'\' -- Read More

Librarian beats Boyle for top job

Lynne Brindley has become the first professional librarian to head the British Library since it was formally separated from the British Museum in 1972. Read this story Here. From Yahoo! News (UK).

TWO strands of important news emerged from the British Library in London yesterday. The first was that Lynne Brindley had got the chief executive\'s job. The second was that James Boyle had not.

Ms Brindley, a university librarian and former management consultant, becomes the institution\'s first female chief executive.

Bryan College Fire - Scopes Monkey Trial documents

Dawn Loomis writes \"Bryan College in Tennessee had a fire over the weekend. The library was severely damaged. Included in that damage was the original docments from the Scopes Monkey Trial. \"
Check it out HERE

The most significant loss of the college\'s memorabilia from the trial of John Scopes, a science teacher prosecuted for teaching evolution, was William Jennings Bryan\'s personal copy of Charles Darwin\'s \'\'The Origin of Species.\'\'

Cybrarian in charge

Maureen writes \"Madam Cybrarian - Article from the Washington Post
, Sunday, February 6, 2000
\"She\'s a \"cybrarian,\" in charge of a \"cybrary\" that aims, among other things, to help young students become as comfortable downloading information from the World Wide Web as their parents were taking notes from an encyclopedia on 3-by-5 index cards. Around the region and the country, school libraries like hers have become focal points of the effort to bring education into the digital age.\" \"

Protest erupts at Cuban book fair

Robert Kent sent this press release in from The Friends of Cuban Libraries.

On February 3, as foreign publishers made travel plans to attend the
Havana International Book Fair (February 9-15), the Friends of Cuban
Libraries released an Open Letter to the publishers signed by more than
thirty authors. The letter, entitled \"Book Fair or Carnival of
Persecution?,\" urges publishers at the Fair to make protests to government
officials against the \"scandalous\" repression of Cuba\'s independent
librarians, whom the authors describe as \"the only librarians in the world
who are being subjected to systematic persecution.\" -- Read More

Song Yongyi Update | China Frees Scholar Who Worke

Step Schmitt writes \"The NYTimes story on the freed librarian is here.

\"A United States-based scholar detained in China for more than five months on vague charges of \"providing confidential materials to foreigners\" was released today. \" -- Read More

Librarian Freed

From YAHOO! News.

Song Yongyi, a U.S.-based academic detained by China on
suspicion of gathering state secrets, left for home Saturday
after Beijing freed him in a gesture ahead of a pivotal
Congressional debate on its WTO entry.
Song, detained since August in a case that triggered appeals
to China by U.S. academics, lawmakers and diplomats, left
the Chinese capital on Northwest Airlines flight NW088 to
Detroit, a U.S. offici -- Read More

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