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2010-04-16 13:50:45

Richard Borgens and his colleagues from the Center for Paralysis Research at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine have a strong record of inventing therapies for treating nerve damage. From Ampyra, which improves walking in multiple sclerosis patients to a spinal cord simulator for spinal injury victims, Borgens has had a hand in developing therapies that directly impact patients and their quality of life. Another therapy that is currently undergoing testing is the use of polyethylene...

2010-02-09 14:30:00

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new use for the drug closantel, currently the standard treatment for sheep and cattle infected with liver fluke. The new research suggests that the drug may be useful in combating river blindness, a tropical disease that is the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness for humans. The study is scheduled for publication in an advance, online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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2009-07-24 15:50:00

"Jewel beetles" are well known for their striking metallic green external skeletons that appear to change colors according to the angle of view. Now, thanks to new research by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, the beetles may also offer a blueprint for materials that reflect light rather than absorbing it to produce colors. The scientists discovered that jewel beetles (Chrysina gloriosa) change their color because of the light-reflecting properties of the cells...

2005-08-01 18:19:30

Bethesda, MD "“ In a recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, scientists report on the discovery of a new molecule that is essential for degradation of the biopolymer chitin. This new molecule could eventually aid in the engineering of fungi-resistant plants and could also lead to the discovery of similar molecules that can be used in cellulose-based biofuel production. The research appears as the "Paper of the Week" in the August 5 issue of the Journal of...


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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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