First up, the chemotherapy drug capecitabine, marketed as Xeloda, is making a name for itself as a security risk at airports. Among the drugs side effects is one known commonly as hand-foot syndrome, which causes blistering and cracking on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. In the most severe cases, this blistering can cause the erasure of a patients fingerprints, resulting in embarrassing hang ups of the sort encountered by a 62 year old traveller from Singapore, who was detained by US customs authorities as a possible security risk after he tried to enter the United States without fingerprints.
Meanwhile, heredity research took a strange step forward this week with the development of transgenic marmosets that glow green when exposed to UV light. While the marmosets are capable of passing the trait on to their offspring, fulfilling researchers goals for the purposes of studying heredity in Parkinson’s disease, attempts to imbue the monkeys with rage induced super strength have so far remained fruitless.