Molecule could lead to new antibiotics

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have deciphered the mechanics of a complex molecule that blocks a key bacterial enzyme, which could lead to better antibiotics.

PET aids observation of immune responses

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- New imaging techniques are allowing U.S. scientists to watch and track immune system cells as they locate and respond to infections and tumors in mice.

Protein helps muscular dystrophy

BETHESDA, Md., June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have found they can restore muscle function in some types of dystrophy by expressing a protein vital for proper muscle structure.

Study may yield better smallpox protection

BETHESDA, Md., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. and international researchers have found a mechanism in mice that could lead to improved protection against smallpox for humans.

Protein makes DNA 'molecular velcro'

BERKELEY, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- Proteins critical in compacting DNA for cell division turn it into a form of molecular Velcro, U.S. researchers said.

New cardiac arrhythmia syndrome identified

DURHAM, N.C., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have found a previously unknown, inherited cardiac syndrome that can cause sudden death in young and seemingly healthy people.

Tumor-killer gene could fight colon cancer

BALTIMORE, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said Friday they have discovered genetic mutations linked to more than a quarter of colon cancers.

Baby boy for Blanchett, Upton

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Australian actress Cate Blanchett has given birth to a baby boy in London, the BBC said Tuesday.

Pair overcomes drug development hurdle

BALTIMORE, April 23 (UPI) -- Two Johns Hopkins scientists have come up with a way to overcome a major hurdle in drug development.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, April 5, the 96th day of 2004 with 270 to follow.
By United Press International

Scientists find clues to eye, ear diseases

BALTIMORE, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said they have uncovered clues about how tiny blood vessels grow in the eye and ear, a finding that could lead to disease treatments.

GeneAlert ... from UPI

---, March 19 (UPI) -- Cancer researchers say high-tech gene analysis can help select treatments for leukemia patients, the effectiveness of nicotine patches is related to genetic make-up in women but not in men, and other genetic news.
PEGGY PECK, United Press International

Hepburn belongings hit the auction block

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Some of Katharine Hepburn's favorite jewelry, clothing, paintings and movie memorabilia will be sold by her estate at Sotheby's auction house in June.

GeneAlert ... from UPI

Geneticists say two very different hereditary syndromes may actually stem from the same genetic defect, gene hunters say mutations in a single gene trigger the progression of several different cancers, and other genetic news.
PEGGY PECK, United Press International

Stefani juggling music, fashion and film

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- In addition to working on her first solo album, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani is also designing clothes and purses -- and acting in feature films.
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Howard Hughes
Roderick MacKinnon, seen in this undated photo, shares the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Peter Agre, also from the U.S., "for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes" it was announced on Oct. 8, 2003. MacKinnon works at the Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute in New York. (UPI/Rockefeller University)

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (September 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American aviator, engineer, industrialist, film producer, director, philanthropist, and was one of the wealthiest people in the world. He gained prominence from the late 1920s as a maverick film producer, making big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), Scarface (1932), and The Outlaw (1943). Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history: he set multiple world air-speed records, built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 "Hercules" (better known to history as the "Spruce Goose") aircraft, and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines which would later on merge with American Airlines. Hughes is also remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder. His legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Hughes birthplace is recorded as either Humble or Houston, Texas. The date is also uncertain, though Hughes claimed his birthday was Christmas Eve. A 1941 affidavit birth certificate of Hughes signed by his aunt Annette Gano Lummis and Estelle Boughton Sharp states he was born on December 24, 1905, in Harris County, Texas. However, his baptismal record of October 7, 1906, in the parish register of St. John's Episcopal Church, in Keokuk, Iowa, has his birth listed as September 24, 1905, without reference to the place of birth.

His parents were Allene Stone Gano (a descendant of Owen Tudor, second husband of Catherine of Valois, Dowager Queen of England) and Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Howard R. Hughes, Sr. made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention, founding the Hughes Tool Company in 1909.

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