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New Device Could Help Isolate, Capture Target Cells
2012-02-23 05:56:16

Researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a new device that they say will make it easier to find specific cells in complex mixtures such as blood samples -- a discovery that could make it easier to diagnose and treat diseases. "Researchers have used a number of techniques to sort cells based on differences in size, density or electrical properties," Anne Trafton of the MIT News Office said in a Wednesday report. "However,...


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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