8/31/2005:

Intermediate Word:  coterie (a) pigeon loft  (b) small cupboard  (c) gingerbread edging on houses  (d) small group with shared interests
Difficult Word: - abrosia (a) bitter tasting  (b) inability to formulate speech  (c) wasting away  (d) inability to taste

Caracal cat Louisiana's frozen ark  - BBC  The biggest carnivore they have cloned from DNA so far here at the centre is an African wildcat; the science is very real, and it works. Our young guide, Erin Sarrat, who is assistant curator for the precious animals and birds here, explained the extraordinary relationships between the three animals prowling around in front of us: "Jazz was a cat who was created by in vitro fertilisation. He was born from a domestic cat, but he's an African wildcat - interspecies embryo transfer - the first ever for that kind of technology. We cloned Jazz, and got Ditteaux, then we cloned Jazz again, and got Miles."   
IMAGE: Bill Frist Frist voices support for ‘intelligent design’ - MSNBC  Left: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday he thinks faith-influenced concepts like "intelligent design" should be taught in schools alongside evolution, exposing students to different ideas.  Frist, a doctor who graduated from Harvard Medical School, said exposing children to both evolution and intelligent design "doesn't force any particular theory on anyone. I think in a pluralistic society that is the fairest way to go about education and training people for the future." The theory of intelligent design says life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation. Nearly all scientists dismiss it as a scientific theory, and critics say it's nothing more than religion masquerading as science. That comment sparked criticism from opponents, including Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, who called Bush "anti-science." Frist, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2008, recently angered some conservatives by bucking Bush policy on embryonic stem cell research, voicing his support for expanded research on the subject. "To me, I see no disconnect between that and stem cell research," Frist said. "I base my beliefs on stem cell research both on science and my faith.

ENGINEERING LIFE

Researchers creating life from scratch - MSNBC  They're called "synthetic biologists" and they boldly claim the ability to make never-before-seen living things, one genetic molecule at a time. They're mixing, matching and stacking DNA's chemical components like microscopic Lego blocks in an effort to make biologically based computers, medicines and alternative energy sources.  The rapidly expanding field is confounding the taxonomists' centuries-old system of classifying species and raising concerns about the new technology's potential for misuse. The burgeoning movement is attracting big money.       




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