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2013-10-30 15:38:23

A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists reveals a mechanism through which the expression of genes is controlled -- a finding that highlights genetic mutations that can impair the timing of gene expression. Such mutations can affect the co-ordination of key events that are required for stepwise development of an organism, and can also give rise to cancer by turning on genes at the wrong time. The study, published October 29 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, analyzes...

Mechanism Through Which The Expression Of Genes Is Controlled Revealed
2013-10-30 08:58:05

Public Library of Science A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists reveals a mechanism through which the expression of genes is controlled – a finding that highlights genetic mutations that can impair the timing of gene expression. Such mutations can affect the co-ordination of key events that are required for stepwise development of an organism, and can also give rise to cancer by turning on genes at the wrong time. The study, published October 29 in the open access...

2009-10-04 14:51:57

Duke University Medical Center and National Cancer Institute scientists have discovered that a novel genetic alteration "“ a second copy of an entire gene "“ is a cause of familial chordoma, an uncommon form of cancer arising in bones and frequently affecting the nervous system. Inherited differences in gene copy number, known as copy number variation (CNV), have been implicated in some hereditary diseases but none of the previously discovered familial cancer genes has had CNV as...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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