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3-way Genetic Switch Revealed For Cancer Metastasis
2013-10-24 09:00:34

Rice University Cancer researchers from Rice University have deciphered the operating principles of a genetic switch that cancer cells use to decide when to metastasize and invade other parts of the body. The study found that the on-off switch's dynamics also allows a third choice that lies somewhere between "on" and "off." The extra setting both explains previously confusing experimental results and opens the door to new avenues of cancer treatment. The study appears online this week...

2013-03-08 00:47:24

New framework for brain communications offers insight into brain disease, says TAU researcher The transistors and wires that power our electronic devices need to be mounted on a base material known as a "motherboard." Our human brain is not so different – neurons, the cells that transmit electrical and chemical signals, are connected to one another through synapses, similar to transistors and wires, and they need a base material too. But the cells serving that function in the...

Combining Synthetic And Natural Toxins Could Disarm Cancer And Drug-resistant Bacteria
2013-02-12 08:22:35

Rice University Cancer researchers from Rice University suggest that a new man-made drug that's already proven effective at killing cancer and drug-resistant bacteria could best deliver its knockout blow when used in combination with drugs made from naturally occurring toxins. "One of the oldest tricks in fighting is the one-two punch -- you distract your opponent with one attack and deliver a knockout blow with another," said José Onuchic of Rice's Center for Theoretical...

'Cyber War' On Cancer Proposed By Experts
2012-09-04 12:14:39

Researchers at Rice, Tel Aviv and Johns Hopkins universities aim to break cancer's codes for social networking In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University are suggesting a new strategy for outsmarting cancer through its own social intelligence. "We need to get beyond the notion that cancer is a random...

2012-08-15 01:15:19

Like bacteria, cancer cells rely on communication and cooperation, says TAU research Experts agree that, more than ever before, modern wars will be fought in the cyber zone, targeting an enemy's communications technology to cause untold damage. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is suggesting that the same tactics should be employed in the battle against one of the body's deadliest enemies – cancer. In an article published in Trends in Microbiology, Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of...

2011-11-28 23:09:15

Fungi and bacteria help one another stay mobile, say TAU researchers Bacteria and fungi are remarkably mobile. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that the two organisms enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship to aid them in that movement – and their survival. Fungal spores can attach themselves to bacteria, "hitching a ride" wherever the bacteria travel. And while this allows them to travel further than they would on their own, says Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of...

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2011-07-13 08:16:32

TAU team connects neurons to computers to decipher the enigmatic code of neuronal circuits Machine logic is based on human logic. But although a computer processor can be dissembled and dissected in logical steps, the same is not true for the way our brains process information, says Mark Shein of Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering. Doctoral student Shein and his supervisors, Prof. Yael Hanein of the School of Electrical Engineering and Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of the School...

2011-06-30 19:00:45

Betting on market volatility may make you richer, says a TAU researcher Playing the stock market can be a risky game. And when the market behaves unpredictably, public fear can lead to erratic investment responses and market chaos. But there is a way to make this fear work in your favor, say Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob and Dr. Yoash Shapira of Tel Aviv University's Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy. The team's recent research demonstrates that a smart stock market...

2011-05-12 22:35:12

Tel Aviv University researcher says a comparison with epilepsy is an appropriate prism to view economics Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been "seizing" uncontrollably. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that a comparison of the multifaceted economic downturn with the uncontrolled spasms of an epileptic is not inappropriate "” and may say something about the origins of the disaster. In a recent article published in the journal PLoS ONE, Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv...

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2011-01-24 11:02:57

TAU develops an IQ test to assess and outsmart bacteria's "social intelligence" IQ scores are used to assess the intelligence of human beings. Now Tel Aviv University has developed a "Social-IQ score" for bacteria "” and it may lead to new antibiotics and powerful bacteria-based "green" pesticides for the agricultural industry. An international team led by Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University's Department of Physics and Astronomy and his research student Alexandra Sirota-Madi...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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