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2010-11-15 12:12:44

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have demonstrated that the gene mutated in cystic fibrosis not only controls traffic on the chloride highway, but also keeps the sodium highway from being overused. An imbalance of salt and water in patients with cystic fibrosis makes their lungs clog up with sticky mucus that is prone to infection. The cause of the offending imbalance is a well-known genetic error, one that blocks the molecular expressway for...

2008-06-18 12:01:00

U.S. researchers say they've found a protein that can predict Alzheimer's disease and the rate of progression of the human immunodeficiency virus. Investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio led the study that provides more conclusive evidence of a link for the protein, called apoE4, to infectious diseases such as HIV. The scientists studied 1,300 European and African-American HIV-infected patients, comparing HIV clinical outcomes of individuals who...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.