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2011-03-31 01:34:12

The estrogen inhibitor tamoxifen can prevent breast cancer from coming back in treated women whose tumors grow in the presence of the hormone. Unfortunately, tamoxifen's anti-tumor effect wanes in about half of these women, and now researchers from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine think they know why. Low levels or loss of the protein Rho guanine disassociation inhibitor alpha or Rho GDI alpha can cause tumors to resist the effects of treatment with...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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