coming together ina crashing grand finale (b) pertaining to turtles
and tortoises (c) slippery and
pertaining to the spirits of the underworld
(b) sweet, white wine (b) rotund
merchant (c) parchment scroll (d) collection of Israeli small
report 'psychic powers'
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
More than two-thirds said they could sense when someone was looking at
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.
'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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