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New Genes Essential To Life
2013-06-07 11:53:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some genes within an organism´s DNA have been there for a billion years and can be traced back through earlier species, while other genes are newly acquired and only a few million years old. According to a new report in the journal Science, these newly acquired genes can quickly become a major part of an organism´s genetic machinery and even essential for life. In the study, a team of American and German researchers were able...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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