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2011-03-03 01:19:11

Protein folding and how it affects disease and drug discovery will be the focus of lectures hosted Thursday, March 3, by The Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Guest speakers will include Dr. David S. Eisenberg, director of the University of California at Los Angeles Department of Energy Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, and Sir Tom Blundell, Ph.D., director of research and professor emeritus in the department...


Word of the Day
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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