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2012-09-07 09:46:58

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a protein essential to repairing the intestine's inner lining. That lining is among the body's busiest highways, trod not only by the food we ingest but also by trillions of microorganisms that aid digestion. Because the intestine plays key roles in absorbing nutrients and containing the microbes, any damage must be fixed promptly. The researchers report Sept. 6 in Science Express that a protein called...

2010-06-25 13:33:21

Mice that carry a gene variant earlier linked to the inflammatory bowel disorder known as Crohn's disease only succumb to symptoms if they've also been infected by a common virus, according to a study reported in the June 25th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication. The findings offer an explanation for what appears to be a fairly general and perplexing phenomenon: that common gene variants can be tied to infrequent severe disease, the researchers say. It might also explain why...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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