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2012-02-11 06:00:00

As elbow injuries continue to rise, especially in pitchers, procedures to help treat and get players back in the game quickly have been difficult to come by. However, a newer treatment called platelet rich plasma (PRP) may pose hope, according to researchers presenting their findings at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine´s Specialty Day meeting in San Francisco. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2012 As elbow injuries continue to rise, especially in pitchers,...

2012-01-27 14:17:49

Stowers researchers discovered that a prion-like protein plays a key role in storing long-term memories Memories in our brains are maintained by connections between neurons called "synapses". But how do these synapses stay strong and keep memories alive for decades? Neuroscientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have discovered a major clue from a study in fruit flies: Hardy, self-copying clusters or oligomers of a synapse protein are an essential ingredient for the...

2012-01-06 15:19:53

Studies identify promising genes and small molecules to use against devastating diseases Two related studies from Northwestern University offer new strategies for tackling the challenges of preventing and treating diseases of protein folding, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, cystic fibrosis and type 2 diabetes. To do its job properly within the cell, a protein first must fold itself into the proper shape. If it...

2011-11-15 19:23:37

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a universally fatal neurodegenerative disease. Mutations in two related proteins, TDP-43 and FUS, cause some forms of ALS. Specifically, these two proteins are RNA-binding proteins that connect to RNA to regulate the translation of proteins and other cellular functions such as RNA splicing and editing. In a new study, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered additional human...

2011-11-07 22:00:00

Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology and Dowling College are matching proteins to the job they perform in the human body. Their research could lead to drugs that target proteins and switch on or off specific functions associated with various diseases. (PRWEB) November 07, 2011 Imagine playing Go Fish with 3,000 cards. Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology and Dowling College are engaged in a similar game with higher stakes. Instead of cards, they are matching the...


Latest Prion Reference Libraries

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2007-10-24 13:42:18

The Broad-billed Prion (Pachyptila vittata), is a small seabird found throughout oceans and coastal areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Its colonies can be found on Gough Island, Marion Island, and on the sub-Antarctic Antipodes Islands off the coast of New Zealand. Though the broad-billed prion is a small seabird, it is a large prion, with a length of 24 inches and a weight of 7 ounces, and a massive bill. It has gray upper plumage, a dark cap, black "W" on the wings, a black-tipped tail,...

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2007-10-24 13:40:45

The Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur), is a small seabird found throughout the oceans and coastal areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Their colonies can be found on Chatham, Snares and Antipodes Islands of New Zealand, Bass Strait Islands of Australia, Falkland Islands, Marion Island, the Crozet Islands and Macquarie Island. The Fairy Prion is about 11 inches long. It has gray upper plumage, black-tipped tail, black "M" wing markings, and white below. Its diet consists mainly of plankton,...

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2007-10-24 13:39:33

The Blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), is a small seabird in the family Procellariidae. They can be found on Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, the Crozet Islands, the Kerguelen archipelago, Macquarie Island and South Georgia. At sea they range widely from Australia to South Africa, South America and Antarctica. The Blue petrel is the only member of the genus Halobaena. Its plumage, which is white on the underside of the body and gray with the distinct M banding across the upper sides...

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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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