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NEWS
May 9, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the rat bears a striking resemblance to its common cousins that scramble among the dust balls of abandoned buildings. But on closer examination, there is something odd about this rodent. Oddly human, to be exact. Its limbs are swollen with arthritis. It has the dry, flaky skin of psoriasis and the chronic upset stomach that comes with colitis.
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SCIENCE
September 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
McLEAN, Va. -- Some species of male fish in the Potomac River and its tributaries are developing female sexual traits at a frequency higher than scientists have seen before, raising concerns about pollutants in a waterway that provides drinking water for millions of people. The "intersex fish," which produce immature eggs in their testes, were discovered in the Potomac watershed in 2003 and have been found in other parts of the country. But the frequency that the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 1998 | Natalie Nichols and Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). and Hear the Music and Excerpts from Beck's "Mutations" and other recent releases are available on The Times' World Wide Web site. Point your browser to: http://www.latimes.com/soundclips
Everybody from Courtney Love to Marilyn Manson is getting in touch with his or her inner pop self, so why not Beck? Eschewing samples and beats in favor of recording live in the studio with his touring band, he has crafted a collection of psychedelic folk-rock and country-flavored waltzes (plus one Latin-spiced ditty, "Tropicalia") that couldn't have wandered much farther from 1996's multi-platinum, critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning "Odelay."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1987
Hooray for Kristine McKenna and the Calendar section ("Julian Schnabel--Artist as Bad Boy," Nov. 1)! Four reasons: For the courage, maturity, tolerance and general big-heartedness to publish the (all-too-typical and apparently only) response to the article on Schnabel. For avoiding the comfort of cynicism and regionalism. For appreciating the possibly inspirational aspects of Schnabel's success. And for keeping us informed about the competition. EDWARD W. RANDELL JR. Sherman Oaks
NEWS
November 15, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Alcoholism and other substance-use disorders appear strongly linked to a particular gene mutation, researchers reported Tuesday. Substance-use disorders are thought to arise from a combination of environmental or lifestyle factors and genetic characteristics. Identifying certain genes that are known to predispose people to the disease could be helpful in preventing drug addiction. Researchers have been working to identify some of the prominent gene mutations that could serve as markers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN
As the front man for Chicago art-rock collective the Sea and Cake, Sam Prekop blends musical idioms until they dissolve into one another and become indistinguishable. But no matter how far-flung his experiments, Prekop always places a high premium on crafting subtle, deceptively simple melodies that please through repetition. Which is why his sensibility is ideally suited to the kind of quasi-jazz material that the guitarist showcased at the Troubadour on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1996 | PHILIP BRANDES
When 8-year-old Rhoda calls Leroy, her decrepit apartment house janitor, "a very silly man," she's right on the money. But that's precisely the point--the sneering, black-toothed Leroy is played by a woman, Kris Strobeck, in Minneapolis-based Theatre 911's hilarious camp revival of Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed" at the St. Genesius Theatre. Then again, Rhoda has few grounds for complaint, seeing how this little sociopathic murderess is herself played by director Danny Schmitz, a 6-foot-tall man.
SCIENCE
October 25, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. and Japanese researchers said Thursday they had found a genetic mutation that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental illnesses and said some patients had a second mutation that made their conditions more severe. The finding, reported in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, could make it easier to discover treatments for the disorder, one of the top 10 leading causes of disability worldwide.
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