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Dwarf Birch Genome Cracked By Researchers
2012-11-21 15:36:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Geneticists at Queen Mary University of London have successfully sequenced the genetic code of a birch tree, according to their report in the journal Molecular Ecology. The sequencing of the dwarf birch could ultimately assist in its conservation throughout the United Kingdom, where its small population is considered vulnerable to a potential pest invasion. "Dwarf birch is an excellent model for birch genomics, as its small...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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