1/8/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
allium  (a) entryway to a Greek temple  (b) the onion family  (c) headband worn by ophthamologists  (d) money belt
Difficult Word: - epithalamium- (a) generative layer of a stem  (b) basal membrane of a coelenterate  (c) binding agreement  (d) nuptial poem


Study Finds Galaxies Formed Soon After Big Bang - Space.com  Astronomers using ground and space telescopes have found a pair of galaxy clusters that may shed light on when the first galaxies began to form in the early universe. The first cluster, a massive collection of possibly thousands of faint galaxies, formed when the universe was only five billion years old, about a third its current age, researchers said. Current estimates place the age of the universe at about 13.7 billion years old.
Chinese tea 'may cure jaundice'  - BBC  A herbal tea used widely in China to treat jaundice could soon be used by doctors in the West. Scientists in the United States have found that Yin Zhi Huang (YZH) can stop the build-up of a type of bile that causes the condition. Dr David Moore and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, found that the tea activates a key receptor in the liver. This enables the liver to clear bilirubin - a waste product that is created from the break down of haemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body. Bilirubin is normally cleared by the liver. However, disease or other problems can stop this from happening. 

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Gene switch turns off cancer  - BBC  Turning on the p53 inside cancer cells dramatically slows their spread, researchers have found. They found that their "Nutlins" held back tumour growth by 90% when given to mice in which human tumours were growing. There is hope that further improvements might lead to a drug which could shrink tumours. The Hoffmann-La Roche team, lead by Lyubomir Vassilev, identified the molecules which can turn the p53 back on. The end result was that their molecule appeared to halt cell division within tumours, and even induce some degree of self-destruction. The drugs did not appear to produce harmful side effects

 




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