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2009-09-07 08:09:02

By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, today (7 September). C. crescentus is a harmless bacterium that has a single protein layer on its surface. Dr Smit's team...

2005-07-23 11:58:03

By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's 33-20 win over Australia on Saturday drew Nelson Mandela's 87th birthday celebrations to a sparkling close, a decade after he helped spur the Springboks to their first Rugby World Cup win. "Madiba magic worked for us," South Africa rugby captain John Smit said, referring to Mandela's clan name used by his countrymen. Saturday's game between South Africa and Australia for the Mandela Challenge Plate marked the end of a week-long...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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