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Latest Hope To Huntington Stories

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2009-06-05 06:36:13

Researchers say they have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the mechanism by which Huntington's disease selectively destroys only certain brain cells in patients afflicted with the illness. Experts say the discovery could provide them with a target against which to develop and direct long-awaited treatments for the fatal disease.  They also hinted that their new understanding could prove significant for research on more common degenerative brain disorders such 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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