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2012-07-16 10:16:51

Researchers have linked newly discovered gene mutations to some cases of the progressive fatal neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

2010-06-22 01:59:57

The APC protein serves as the colon's guardian, keeping tumors at bay.

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2008-11-25 11:40:00

Flip open any biology textbook and you're bound to see a complicated diagram of the inner workings of a cell, with its internal scaffolding, the cytoskeleton, and how it maintains a cell’s shape.

2005-06-20 18:05:00

The fragile-X-syndrome is the most common hereditary form of mental retardation and occurs much more often in boys than in girls. Children with the fragile-X-syndrome have certain characteristic features, such as a long face with a large chin, protruding ears, and a high forehead. As a child, they frequently have behavior problems and are sometimes hyperactive, agitated, and clumsy.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.