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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 26-May-2004
International Communication Association
Don't laugh -- research shows comedy gives candidates serious boost
Candidates can improve their popularity among a key segment of voters by appearing on late-night comedy shows.

Public Release: 26-May-2004
American Society for Microbiology 104th General Meeting
Birds use herbs to protect their nests
Researchers from Ohio Wesleyan University suggest that some birds may select nesting material with antimicrobial agents to protect their young from harmful bacteria. They present their findings at the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

"To find out if plants brought into the nest might prevent disease, Ichida and colleagues tested twelve different volatile plant materials against feather-degrading bacteria. Results showed that several types of plant materials and extracts including usnic acid, ascorbic acid, yarrow, and two oak species inhibited the growth of a number of harmful bacteria."
Predicting disease using genomics

Moving towards individualized medicine with pharmacogenomics
From the UK edition of Google News:
Tolkien's Home Up for Sale
Scotland on Sunday - May 24, 2004
Lord of the Rings fans are being offered the chance to buy their own corner of Middle Earth as long as they have £1.5 million to spare.
LONDON : JRR Tolkien's house in Oxford up for sale New Straits Times
Hobbit's home on sale for '1.5m BBC News
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