5/31/2005:

Intermediate Word:  chthonic (a) coming together ina crashing grand finale  (b) pertaining to turtles and tortoises  (c) slippery and slimy  (d) pertaining to the spirits of the underworld
Difficult Word:
  moshav  (b) sweet, white wine  (b) rotund merchant  (c) parchment scroll  (d) collection of Israeli small farms

Brain Britons report 'psychic powers'  - BBC  More than half of Britons believe in psychic powers such as mind-reading and premonitions, a survey suggests. Of 1,006 adults polled for Readers Digest Magazine, 43% reported reading others' thoughts or having theirs read. More than half had had a dream or premonition of an event before it happened and 26% said they had sensed when a loved-one was ill or in trouble. A fifth said they had seen a ghost and 29% believed near-death experiences were evidence there was an afterlife. More than two-thirds said they could sense when someone was looking at them.     
Parents back child gene therapy  - BBC  The overwhelming majority of parents whose children have cystic fibrosis want gene therapy trials to go ahead, bypassing normal research guidelines. Great Ormond Street Hospital scientists hope to test gene therapy on children. But, in a Journal of Medical Ethics paper, they suggest ethical worries about testing on children without prior tests on adults will prevent the work. One in 25 people carry the faulty gene which causes the condition. Cystic fibrosis experts said it was recognised that gene therapy trials needed to be carried out on those who might benefit.  

Breast cancer cell (Picture: Steve Gschmeissner)

Tumours 'sabotage immune system'  - BBC Scientists have shown how tumours can manipulate the immune system to stop it attacking cancer cells. They have found that late-stage cancers produce a protein which switches the role of normally helpful immune cells. The study, by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, is published in Nature Immunology. Tumours produce many types of abnormal proteins, which play different roles in their development. The Seattle team found one of these proteins changes the role of otherwise helpful immune cells, called T helper cells, which in the early stages of the disease play a key role in the body's efforts to destroy cancer cells.    




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