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2012-05-28 19:27:46

Discovery could be used to help engineer artificial tissue A study led by researchers from McGill University provides new insights into the structure of muscle tissue in the heart — a finding that promises to contribute to the study of heart diseases and to the engineering of artificial heart tissue. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveals that the muscle fibers in the heart wall are locally arranged in a special "minimal...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'