Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, October 20, 1999
ESOL classes planned
ESOL classes are still being held at Carver Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
from 6-8:30 p.m.
There is no fee to take the English As a Second Language Classes, sponsored
through Odessa College.
For more information, come by the Carver Center, 600 E. 12th
Street or call 915-445-3814, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and ask for
Lois Muro or Instructor Alonzo Garcia.
Mouse model helps genetics
The cause of a heart defect that can kill infants has been traced to a
missing portion of a chromosome.
This discovery in the mouse model for the congenital heart disease know
as DiGeorge syndrome might help researchers identify the gene that is involved
and eventually find a way to prevent the disorder, said Dr. Antonio Baldini
of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He collaborated on the research
with Dr. Allan Bradley, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
DiGeorge syndrome affects one of every 4,000 infants, and eight percent
of them die from congential heart defects. The defects must be surgically
repaired during early infancy.
Baldini, Baylor assistant professor of pediatrics and molecular and
human genetics, deleted a portion of chromosome 16 in mice that caused
them to develop the same heart defects. But he also noticed that those
defects are eliminated in mice with a duplicate copy of the missing portion
of the chromosome.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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