2011年 12月 7日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间16:28

Coral On Thin Ice 珊瑚冷藏保存

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The only living thing on Earth visible from space.

But rising temperatures in the Pacific are causing coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to decay.

The key to its survival could be in these pots. Experts in Sydney have taken about eight billion cells and put them in deep freeze.

They plan to reintroduce some of these samples to see if they can regrow.

中文文字稿

唯一能从太空中看到的地球生命。

可是大西洋越来越高的水温却造成澳大利亚大堡礁慢慢地腐烂。

珊瑚的存亡和这些小盒子密切相关。悉尼的专家们采集了近80亿细胞并进行低温冷藏。

引入部分标本,看它们能否重新繁殖。

词汇

to decay: 腐烂

pots: 小盆,小盒子

in deep freeze: 低温冷藏

to reintroduce: 再引入

samples: 标本

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to decay / pots / in deep freeze / to reintroduce / samples

1.
Edinburgh Zoo knows that captive pandas are notoriously poor breeders and that only one zoo-reared panda has ever been ____________ into the wild - that unfortunate animal died within a year.

2.
Language is not a plant that rises and falls, lives and ________. It's a tool that's perfectly adapted by the people using it. Get on with living and talking.

3.
Tahrir Square was full of rubbish left by its occupiers, visitors and scores of vendors of Egyptian fast food - piles of sticky paper mixed with the remains of grilled sweetcorn, roasted sweet potatoes, dense stews of liver and peppers and plastic _________ of kushari, a mixture of pasta, rice and lentils.

4.
About 9,000 cancer patients are being asked take part in new gene tests which could improve therapies. __________ from tumours will be tested for gene faults, and testing laboratories in London, Cardiff and Birmingham will compare the outcome of treatments.

5.
A mother has given birth to what are believed to be the first twins to be born in the UK from frozen eggs. Isabella and Anna Fahey were born three weeks ago from eggs which had been kept ______________ storage at the Midlands Fertility Services (MFS) for two years.

答案

1.
Edinburgh Zoo knows that captive pandas are notoriously poor breeders and that only one zoo-reared panda has ever been reintroduced into the wild - that unfortunate animal died within a year.

2.
Language is not a plant that rises and falls, lives and decays. It's a tool that's perfectly adapted by the people using it. Get on with living and talking."

3.
Tahrir Square was full of rubbish left by its occupiers, visitors and scores of vendors of Egyptian fast food - piles of sticky paper mixed with the remains of grilled sweetcorn, roasted sweet potatoes, dense stews of liver and peppers and plastic pots of kushari, a mixture of pasta, rice and lentils.

4.
About 9,000 cancer patients are being asked take part in new gene tests which could improve therapies. Samples from tumours will be tested for gene faults, and testing laboratories in London, Cardiff and Birmingham will compare the outcome of treatments.

5.
A mother has given birth to what are believed to be the first twins to be born in the UK from frozen eggs. Isabella and Anna Fahey were born three weeks ago from eggs which had been kept in deep freeze storage at the Midlands Fertility Services (MFS) for two years.

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