Intermediate Word:  tituberant  pertaining to  (a) staggering  (b) top-heavy  (c) overbearing  (d) exotic
Difficult Word: - consuetude  (a) conciliatory attitude  (b) custom  (c) remorse  (d) consanguinity

Get Your Own "Desktop" Synchrotron - SpaceDaily  A new technological development promises to shed light - synchrotron light, that is - on structural genomics. Crystallographers will soon be able to perform state-of-the-art protein structure determination in their own laboratory with a new miniature synchrotron light source capable of producing high-intensity, tunable, near-monochromatic X-rays. This tabletop device, the Compact Light Source, will soon bring high-flux, high-quality X-rays directly to the university or industrial laboratory. - 
DNA Scientists decipher 21,000 genes  - BBC  Left: An international team of 152 scientists has published a detailed map of more than 21,000 human genes. Sequencing of the human genome was officially finished in 2003, but scientists still need to interpret this vast resource of raw information. The team carried out an exhaustive analysis of 41,118 existing sets of complementary DNAs (cDNAs), synthetic molecules derived from RNA, which in turn correspond to genes in the genome. This allowed the team to validate 21,037 functioning genes and identify 5,155 new gene candidates. "The gene is a very nebulous concept," co-investigator Anthony J Brookes, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, told BBC News Online.

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Strict diets 'cut heart disease'  - BBC  Researchers at Washington University examined people who had curbed their calorie intake and avoided processed foods for a number of years. They were found to have the health of people decades younger, the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said. Levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride blood fats were very low in the people studied. And the group, whose average age was 50, had blood pressure readings similar to that of the average 10-year-old. Insulin concentrations - one of the markers of diabetes risk - were also as much as 65% lower than they were for people with a normal diet.

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