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2010-03-31 05:55:15

A federal judge has invalidated patents on two genes that are believed to play a role in breast cancer, ruling that they were natural and not the product of human effort. The ruling, handed down on Monday by New York Federal District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet cancelled out seven patents involving the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The genes, which when mutated have been linked to breast cancer, had been held by Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah. In his 156-page decision, Sweet ruled that...

2005-10-25 14:44:09

By Martha Graybow NEW YORK (Reuters) - The plaintiffs in a closely watched lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. need to provide more specifics to back up their claims that the fast-food chain makes children fat, a U.S. judge has ruled. The case, which was thrown out of Manhattan federal court two years ago, is back before U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet after an appeals court revived it in January. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two youngsters who accuse the world's biggest...

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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'