Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have been awarded more than $880,000 for two grants from The International Rett Syndrome Foundation to study therapeutic options for Rett syndrome.
Currently, there is no treatment for Rett syndrome, a unique developmental disorder that is first recognized in early childhood and primarily affects girls.
Rett syndrome causes problems in brain functions that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic function. People with Rett syndrome are impaired in hand use and spoken language and have problems with sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, as well as chewing, swallowing and growth.
The research awards include:
Daniel Glaze, professor of pediatrics neurology at BCM, and Dr. Jeffrey Neul, associate professor of pediatrics neurology at BCM working in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital, received at $600,000, two-year Angel Award to conduct a clinical trial on an experimental drug to see if it is safe and effective in the treatment of adult Rett syndrome patients. Glaze and Neul are co-directors of the Texas Children's Blue Bird Circle Rett Center respectively. Glaze is also director of the Texas Children's Sleep Center.
Additionally, Neul, the Petrello Scholar at the NRI, and his colleague Dr. N. Carolyn Schanen, of the Nemours Foundation, received a $600,000, two-year grant to study targeting a certain mutation on the MECP2 gene as a therapeutic approach to Rett syndrome. Neul will receive $286,298 of this award to conduct research at the NRI. Rett syndrome is caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene located on the X chromosome. Approximately one-third of Rett syndrome patients have nonsense mutations in the MECP2 gene, which prevent the formation of a complete protein. In animal studies, Neul will look at drugs that target these types of mutations and allow the complete protein to be made as a treatment for the disorder.
In this wave of funding, The International Rett Syndrome Foundation awarded a total of $1.3 million to support new grant funding for translational research ranging from clinical studies and developing outcome measures to preclinical studies of new compounds in mouse models of Rett syndrome.
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