Archive: 06/14/2009

Sick sea critters aided by Marine Mammal Center

(AP) -- A recent surge in weakened and malnourished sea lions found along the Northern California coast is mystifying scientists and keeping workers hopping at the newly expanded Marine Mammal Center here.

Jun 14, 2009
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Australia tries tough love to heal Aboriginal woes

(AP) -- Along the dusty red road that leads from the lonely airstrip into town, the signs flash by: "No alcohol," says one. "Petrol sniffing kills," admonishes another. "Don't bring gunja into our town," ...

Jun 14, 2009
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Advance in understanding cellulose synthesis

Cellulose is a fibrous molecule that makes up plant cell walls, gives plants shape and form and is a target of renewable, plant-based biofuels research. But how it forms, and thus how it can be modified to design energy-rich ...

Jun 14, 2009
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Huntington's disease deciphered

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered how the mutated huntingtin gene acts on the nervous system to create the devastation of Huntington's disease. The report of their findings ...

Jun 14, 2009
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Father's Day Gift? Special Packaging for Genes in Sperm

(PhysOrg.com) -- It was long believed that conception does not involve a meeting of equals. The egg is a relatively large, impressive biological factory compared with the tiny sperm, which delivers to the egg one copy of ...

Jun 14, 2009
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New era of gene-based 'personalized medicine' dawning

Six years ago, scientists announced the completion of the Human Genome Project, a historic effort to decipher each of the 3 billion letters in the genetic instruction book for our species. A single anonymous male from Buffalo, ...

Jun 14, 2009
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N.Irish sextuplets mum ignored advice to abort

A mother who gave birth to sextuplets told a British Sunday newspaper that she rejected doctors' advice to abort several of the foetuses because her children were a "gift from God".

Jun 14, 2009
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