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July 26, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Forgotten how to do something you just learned yesterday? Consider the possibility that last night's sleep was punctuated by mini-awakenings, robbing you of the ability to commit that new skill to memory. You might have gotten eight hours of sleep, and may not even feel tired. But when sleep is interrupted frequently--as it is in a wide range of disorders, including sleep apnea, alcoholism and Alzheimer's disease--the ability to learn new things can be dramatically impaired, says a new study conducted on mice.
September 30, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
By now most of you probably have seen pictures of Frank and Louie, who, at age 12, is the oldest-living two-faced cat. They (he?) have two mouths, although only one is used for eating, and one brain. Although Frank and Louie have three eyes, only two are operational, and they seem to work just fine. The disorder is called diprosopus, or craniofacial duplication, a rare condition that causes duplication of the face and sometimes the cerebral frontal lobes. Felines with this condition are often called Janus cats after the Roman god who had two faces.
Barry Sears disapproves of my breakfast. He is unimpressed by my lunch. And my afternoon snack is just awful. The breakfast: a toasted bagel, spread thickly with peanut butter. "What was it--one of those big L.A. bagels?" he asks. "Basically, what you had was the politically correct version of a Dunkin' Donut--the worst of all possible worlds. A lot of fat. And a lot of insulin. I bet that two hours after eating it you were famished again."
August 30, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Scientists at UC San Francisco and the Chiron Corp. have taken the first step in development of a vaccine against chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease in this country and a leading cause of blindness in the Third World. The researchers, led by molecular biologist Richard Stephens, have cloned and sequenced the gene for a protein on the surface of the chlamydia bacterium. The protein in turn could become the key ingredient in a vaccine.
April 14, 1996
Laurie Garrett assesses the importance of the Human Genetic Project by taking the opinions of scientists who get funding from the project and representatives of companies that intend to market products derived from the research ("Do We Really Want to Know All This" March 3). The article implies that one can "decipher" a gene simply by determining the sequence of nucleotides that compose the gene. In fact, determining the sequence is relatively easy; understanding the function of the protein specified by the gene is much harder.
August 14, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
By the light of day, the two transgenic baby rabbits look no different from their non-transgenic siblings -- white, fluffy and very cute. But put the whole litter under a black light, and you'll know exactly which two bunnies are special. They'll be glowing bright , fluorescent green. (For daylight and black-light shots of the transgenic rabbits and their littermates, see the photo gallery above). The glowing bunnies were born this month in a lab at the University of Istanbul.
March 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
The Dukan diet (think “protein”) is making a splash on this side of the pond after apparently taking France by storm. As Americans are always looking to the French -- though they won’t admit it -- on how to live and look better, let’s take a look. At first glance, the diet seems both familiar and strange. The Dukan diet, as with the more established Atkins diet, emphasizes a high-protein, low-carb approach in the beginning. The former was created by French physician Pierre Dukan; the other by American physician Robert Atkins.
February 12, 1986 | HARRY NELSON, Times Medical Writer
Scientists have discovered that HTLV-III, the virus that causes AIDS, uses a surprisingly novel mechanism to genetically control the cells it invades, and they say this finding opens the way for the development of new kinds of anti-AIDS drugs. In an interview, Dr. William A.
April 27, 1989 | Associated Press
Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics, arrested last week on gun charges, has been dropped from a TV commercial sponsored by the California Egg Commission. "When we're spending the money that we are, someone like that just doesn't portray the image that we want to portray," Robert Pierre, the commission's president, said of Tuesday's decision. Canseco was arrested Friday after a pedestrian spotted a loaded handgun on the floor of his Jaguar--the same car the outfielder was driving earlier this year when he received a number of speeding tickets.
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