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2010-06-10 09:08:14

Researchers have discovered precisely why strands of some fluids containing long molecules called polymers form beads when stretched, findings that could be used to improve industrial processes and for administering drugs in "personalized medicine." "Any kindergartner is familiar with this beading phenomenon, which you can demonstrate by stretching a glob of saliva between your thumb and forefinger," said Osman Basaran, Purdue's Burton and Kathryn Gedge Professor of Chemical Engineering....

2010-03-24 06:00:00

LENEXA, Kan., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL) today announced that it has completed validation testing of DNA Genotek's Oragene-DNA saliva collection kits and will adopt Oragene-DNA for use with its molecular diagnostic services. CRL is a CLIA-certified molecular diagnostics services provider based in Lenexa, Kansas offering a wide assortment of molecular diagnostic services including gene expression profiling, microarrays, CNV/SNP typing, pathogen...

2010-02-16 16:36:50

Finding could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of devastating disease Physicians and scientists agree: If we cannot entirely prevent cancer, the next best thing is to find it earlier to augment the chances of a successful fight. The good news is that there may soon be a new weapon in the battle against the so-called "worst" cancer "” cancer of the pancreas. A multidisciplinary group of investigators from the UCLA School of Dentistry, the David Geffen School of Medicine at...

2010-02-08 17:24:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- From hit movies about car racing to Wrestlemania to nationwide television broadcasts of college basketball, one particular band has been tapped to provide aggressive, kick-ass rock 'n' roll to jack up the pulse of the masses - Saliva. Now, six albums and a dozen years after the Memphis-born group debuted on record, Saliva issues its first retrospective, Moving Forward In Reverse: Greatest Hits (Island/UMe), to be released March 23, 2010. Featuring 13...

2009-11-19 19:12:17

A protein found in the saliva of ticks helps protect mice from developing Lyme disease, Yale researchers have discovered. The findings, published in the November 19 issue of Cell Host & Microbe, may spur development of a new vaccine against infection from Lyme disease, which is spread through tick bites. Traditionally, vaccines have directly targeted specific pathogens. This is the first time that antibodies against a protein in the saliva of a pathogen's transmitting agent (in this case,...

2009-11-18 14:34:49

In a step toward using human saliva to tell whether those stiff joints, memory lapses, and other telltale signs of aging are normal or red flags for disease, scientists are describing how the protein content of women's saliva change with advancing age. The discovery could lead to a simple, noninvasive test for better diagnosing and treating certain age-related diseases in women, they suggest in a report in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication. These diseases include lupus,...

2009-11-17 07:15:00

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. and HAMILTON, New Zealand, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ZyGEM Corp. Ltd., a provider of innovative enzyme-based products for DNA extraction and other life sciences applications, today announced the availability of a new application note documenting that its forensicGEM(®) Saliva DNA extraction kit is capable of producing high yields of high-quality, ready-to-analyze DNA from buccal swab samples compatible with high-throughput PCR processing. This...

2009-10-29 15:56:36

A harmless digestive enzyme evolved twice into a dangerous toxin in 2 unrelated species Biologists have shown that independent but similar molecular changes turned a harmless digestive enzyme into a toxin in two unrelated species -- a shrew and a lizard -- giving each a venomous bite. The work, described this week in the journal Current Biology by researchers at Harvard University, suggests that protein adaptation may be a highly predictable process, one that could eventually help discover...

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2009-08-29 11:10:00

Though usually considered a parasitic nuisance and a vector for numerous diseases, the tick may actually hold the key for curing skin, liver, and pancreatic cancers, according to new findings from Brazilian researchers. Proteins were found in the saliva of the common South American tick Amblyomma cajennense, which seems to have the ability to reduce and even completely expunge cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. "This is a radical innovation," said Ana Marisa...

2009-08-26 07:46:53

Biopsies could soon be a thing of the past for detecting one of the deadliest types of cancers. Researchers have successfully identified markers of oral cancer in patients' saliva. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, measured microRNA levels in 100 patients, half healthy and half with oral squamous cell carcinoma. A microRNA is a cell produced molecule that can simultaneously control activity and assess the behavior of multiple genes. Approximately 50 microRNAs were...


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2013-03-04 15:44:29

Salivary glands are glands that produce both saliva and the enzyme that turns starch into maltose, called amylase. Formation and Orientation There are five separate glands that make up the salivary gland system. First, the parotid gland is the largest of the salivary glands, secreting saliva through Stensen’s ducts to help with the breakdown of food in the mouth (mastication). The submandibular glands are situated beneath the lower jaws over the digastric muscles. This gland secretes...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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