10/19/2004:

Intermediate Word:  jongleur   (a) juggler  (b) French jester  (c) a small drawstring reticle  (d) wandering storyteller
Difficult Word: - renitent  (a) inclined to jell  (b) recalcitrant  (c) remorseful  (d) aromatic

A Sleepy Science: Will Humans Hibernate Their Way Through Space? - Space.com  Biggiogera and his colleagues were able to create a hibernation-like state in cell cultures using a substance called DADLE, which has opium-like properties and is similar to a family of molecules produced in the human brain. In cells, DADLE reduced proliferation and the transcription of genetic material, effectively putting the cells to sleep. Biggiogera and his colleagues are now studying the effects of DADLE in laboratory rats, with results anticipated by the end of 2004.
Dr Mike Stroud (left) and Sir Ranulph Fiennes Extreme nutrition: How Blaine and Fiennes could help hospital patients  - BBC  Living in a box for 44 days and running seven marathons in a week may, at first sight, have little to do with ensuring more ordinary mortals eat and exercise properly. But experts who were involved in the high-profile projects say they also offered clues as to how diet and exercise should be managed for everyone. "David Blaine had lost 25% of his bodyweight, but he still had a healthy body mass index". Blaine's BMI was 21.6 when he emerged from the box - which would normally be classed as healthy - but it had fallen from 29. 

Image of lab mice

Gene switch can 'turn off cancer'  - BBC  Myc controls cell division. Unlike the normal version of the gene, the modified version stayed permanently switched on, meaning cells were constantly dividing and some became cancerous. The researchers engineered mice so that the Myc gene could be switched off by a common antibiotic called doxycycline. Feeding the mice doxycyline turned the faulty Myc gene off so cancer growth was blocked. When the researchers stopped the doxycycline the mice developed aggressive liver cancer. Reintroducing doxycycline into their feed not only turned Myc back off, blocking further cancer growth, but it also turned the cancer cells back to normal.





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