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2010-08-06 08:40:00

The genetic make-up of pathogenic bacteria and their harmless cousins is much more similar than previously thought, UA microbiologists find. In the bacterial world, good guys can potentially turn into bad guys and vice versa - just by swapping genes, microbiologists at the University of Arizona have discovered. The researchers studied bacteria belonging to the genus Neisseria. These bacteria colonize the mucous membranes of humans. Intrigued by the question of why some species of Neisseria...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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