The Reading / Listening - Cold Cure - Level 3

British researchers say they are close to finding a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked for decades on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could fight the hundreds of types of viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a special molecule that could make colds a thing of the past. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from working in the body.



The usual treatment for a common cold is to take medicines or remedies for the different symptoms. We might take one thing for a sore throat and another thing for a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms from developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help millions of people end their suffering. Most of us catch a cold several times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people with more serious problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cold Cure - Level 0 Cold Cure - Level 1   or  Cold Cure - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20180515/scientists-are-targeting-the-common-cold
  • https://www.medicaldaily.com/new-cure-common-cold-targets-human-protein-instead-virus-424150
  • https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/38879/20180515/common-cold-cure-new-molecule-that-doesnt-even-attack-the-virus-could-hold-the-key.htm


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. COLDS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about colds. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       researchers / cure / cold / problem / change / virus / suffer / winter / molecule / body
       treatment / symptoms / sore throat / millions / several / inconvenience / asthma
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. A THING OF THE PAST: Students A strongly believe all disease will one day be a thing of the past; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. REMEDIES: What are your remedies for these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Remedy

How well it works

Why?

Cold

 

 

 

Tiredness

 

 

 

Headache

 

 

 

Stomach ache

 

 

 

Broken heart

 

 

 

Stress

 

 

 

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5. COMMON: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "common". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SYMPTOMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst symptoms of a cold at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • the chills
  • no energy
  • cough
  • joint pain
  • runny nose
  • fever
  • headache
  • sore throat

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. cure a. A period (length of time) of ten years.
      2. decades b. A group of atoms joined together.
      3. types c. Experience something bad or unpleasant.
      4. viruses d. Do something or give medical care to make an illness, disease or injury better.
      5. treat e. Very, very, very small things that go into our body and make us ill (or kill us).
      6. suffer f. Something that will make a disease, illness or problem go away.
      7. molecule g. Kinds of things; sorts of things.

    Paragraph 2

      8. treatment h. A small number that is bigger than two.
      9. remedies i. Starting and growing bigger.
      10. symptoms j. When your body is too, too hot.
      11. fever k. The medical care you receive from doctors, nurses, etc.
      12. developing l. Things that make trouble or difficulty in your life.
      13. several m. Medicines and drugs to make your body or mind better.
      14. inconvenience n. The signs of an illness or disease.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists have tried to find a cure for the cold for 20 or more years.     T / F
  2. There are over a hundred viruses that can cause a common cold.     T / F
  3. Cold viruses change quickly so it's difficult for drugs to fight them.     T / F
  4. A molecule was unable to stop cold viruses from working in the body.     T / F
  5. People usually take one medicine for all the different cold symptoms.     T / F
  6. Researchers say we take the same medicine for a fever and runny nose.  T / F
  7. A doctor said the new molecule would help billions of people.     T / F
  8. The doctor said the common cold was a convenience for many of us.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. close
  2. medicine
  3. types
  4. suffer
  5. a thing of the past
  6. usual
  7. symptoms
  8. several
  9. inconvenience
  10. conditions
  1. illnesses
  2. history
  3. hurt
  4. problem
  5. drug
  6. a number of
  7. normal
  8. near
  9. signs
  10. kinds

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Scientists have worked for
  2. there has been no way to treat
  3. make colds a thing of
  4. it blocked the viruses that
  5. The molecule stopped the viruses from
  6. The usual treatment
  7. We might take one thing
  8. a runny
  9. it could help millions of people
  10. it can cause serious
  1. for a sore throat
  2. working in the body
  3. end their suffering
  4. cold viruses
  5. for a common cold
  6. the past
  7. nose
  8. cause colds
  9. complications
  10. decades

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hundreds
way
body
decades
viruses
cure
quickly
special

British researchers say they are close to finding a (1) ____________ for the common cold. Scientists have worked for (2) ____________ on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could fight the (3) ____________ of types of viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very (4) ____________ so they can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no (5) ____________ to treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a (6) ____________ molecule that could make colds a thing of the past. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked the (7) ____________ that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from working in the (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
symptoms
sore
inconvenience
millions
treatment
conditions
runny
several

The usual (9) ____________ for a common cold is to take medicines or remedies for the different symptoms. We might take one thing for a (10) ____________ throat and another thing for a (11) ____________ nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all (12) ____________ from developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help (13) ____________ of people end their suffering. Most of us catch a cold (14) ____________ times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people with more serious problems, saying: "The common cold is an (15) ____________ for most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with (16) ____________ like asthma."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a drug that could fight the hundreds of ______
     a.  types of virus is
     b.  type of viruses
     c.  types of viruses
     d.  types off viruses
2) viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight ______
     a.  against new drug
     b.  a gains new drugs
     c.  against knew drugs
     d.  against new drugs
3)  scientists have developed a special molecule that could make colds ______ past
     a.  a thing of the
     b.  a thing of a
     c.  a thing offer
     d.  a thing off the
4)  They tested the molecule and found that it ______
     a.  blacked the viruses
     b.  blocked the viruses
     c.  bloc the viruses
     d.  block the viruses
5)  The molecule stopped the viruses from working ______
     a.  in the body
     b.  in the bodily
     c.  in the bodice
     d.  in the bodies

6)  The usual treatment for a common cold is to take medicines ______
     a.  or remedy is
     b.  or remediates
     c.  or remediate
     d.  or remedies
7)  We might take one thing for a sore throat and another thing for a runny ______ fever
     a.  nose or a
     b.  ear or a
     c.  eye or a
     d.  head or a
8)  it could help millions of people ______
     a.  end there suffering
     b.  end they're suffering
     c.  end them suffering
     d.  end their suffering
9)  The common cold is an inconvenience for ______
     a.  most of us
     b.  much of they
     c.  must of us
     d.  most of them
10)  it can cause serious complications in people with conditions ______
     a.  likes asthma
     b.  like asthma
     c.  liked asthma
     d.  liken asthma

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

British researchers say they are (1) ___________________ a cure for the common cold. Scientists have (2) ___________________ on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could fight the hundreds of (3) ___________________ that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no (4) ___________________ cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a special molecule that could make colds a thing (5) ___________________. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from (6) ___________________ body.

The usual treatment for a common cold (7) ___________________ medicines or remedies for the different symptoms. We might take one thing for a sore throat and another thing (8) ___________________ nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule (9) ___________________ symptoms from developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help (10) ___________________ end their suffering. Most of us catch a cold several times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people (11) ___________________ problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but (12) ___________________ serious complications in people with conditions like asthma."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where are the researchers from?
  2. How long have scientists been trying to find a cold medicine?
  3. When did the article say we suffer?
  4. What might a special molecule make colds?
  5. What did the molecule do to cold viruses?
  6. What kind of nose was mentioned in the article?
  7. What can cause different symptoms?
  8. How many people did a researcher say the new molecule could help?
  9. How often do most of us catch a cold?
  10. What did a researcher say a cold was for most of us?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where are the researchers from?
a) the UN
b) the UK
c) the USA
d) the UAE
2) How long have scientists been trying to find a cold medicine?
a) since the beginning of time
b) since the 16th century
c) 8 years
d) for decades
3) When did the article say we suffer?
a) every winter
b) in the mornings
c) in bed
d) after a heavy meal
4) What might a special molecule make colds?
a) more varied
b) dangerous
c) a thing of the past
d) stronger
5) What did the molecule do to cold viruses?
a) put them to sleep
b) stopped then from working
c) killed them
d) gave them a cold

6) What kind of nose was mentioned in the article?
a) a runny nose
b) a big nose
c) an itchy nose
d) a red nose
7) What can cause different symptoms?
a) doctors
b) medicine
c) different viruses
d) fevers
8) How many people did a researcher say the new molecule could help?
a) millions
b) 38
c) quite a few
d) billions
9) How often do most of us catch a cold?
a) a few times a year
b) once in a lifetime
c) every other month
d) all the time
10) What did a researcher say a cold was for most of us?
a) a dangerous disease
b) a convenience
c) life and death
d) an inconvenience

Role play

Role  A – Runny Nose
You think a runny nose is the worst thing about having a cold. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad and how they can cure them. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a sore throat, a fever or a headache.

Role  B – Sore Throat
You think a sore throat is the worst thing about having a cold. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad and how they can cure them. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a runny nose, a fever or a headache.

Role  C – Fever
You think a fever is the worst thing about having a cold. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad and how they can cure them. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a sore throat, a runny nose or a headache.

Role  D – Headache
You think a headache is the worst thing about having a cold. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad and how they can cure them. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why):  a sore throat, a fever or a runny nose.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'common'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'cold'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • usual
    • sore
    • all
    • lead
    • several
    • most
    • close
    • end
    • quickly
    • way
    • special
    • body




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Scientists close to cure for the common cold

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'common'?
    3. What do you know about colds?
    4. How do you feel when you catch a cold?
    5. How would the world change without the common cold?
    6. Why do we get more colds in colder weather?
    7. What is the best way to treat a cold?
    8. How often do you get a cold?
    9. How often do you take medicine?
    10. How healthy are you?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cold'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What's the difference between a cold and influenza?
    5. What do you do for a sore throat?
    6. What do you do when you have a fever?
    7. What's the best thing for a runny nose?
    8. How inconvenient is a cold?
    9. What companies would change if a cold cure was found?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    British researchers say they are close to finding a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked for (1) ____ on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was (2) ____ a drug that could fight the hundreds of (3) ____ of viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight (4) ____ new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a (5) ____ molecule that could make colds a thing of the past. They tested the molecule and found that it (6) ____ the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from working in the body.

    The usual treatment for a common cold is to take medicines or remedies for the different symptoms. We might take one thing (7) ____ a sore throat and another thing for a (8) ____ nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms (9) ____ developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help millions of people (10) ____ their suffering. Most of us catch a cold several times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people with more (11) ____ problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions (12) ____ asthma."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     decades     (b)     decade     (c)     decayed     (d)     decays    
    2. (a)     found     (b)     find     (c)     finding     (d)     finds    
    3. (a)     taps     (b)     tapes     (c)     tips     (d)     types    
    4. (a)     again     (b)     against     (c)     for     (d)     with    
    5. (a)     specialize     (b)     species     (c)     specialism     (d)     special    
    6. (a)     blacked     (b)     plucked     (c)     blocked     (d)     picked    
    7. (a)     with     (b)     for     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    8. (a)     runny     (b)     sprinting     (c)     jogging     (d)     walking    
    9. (a)     from     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     with    
    10. (a)     ended     (b)     ending     (c)     end     (d)     ends    
    11. (a)     serials     (b)     seriously     (c)     series     (d)     serious    
    12. (a)     such     (b)     like     (c)     type     (d)     example

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. The biggest problem for easehrcserr
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  decades on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a
    (...)  the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from working in the body.
    (...)  drug that could fight the hundreds of types of viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they
    (...)  cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed
    (...)  change very quickly so they can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to treat
    (...)  a special molecule that could make colds a thing of the past. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked
    (...)  different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms
    (...)  The usual treatment for a common cold is to take medicines or remedies for the different
    (...)  from developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help millions
    1  ) British researchers say they are close to finding a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked for
    (...)  symptoms. We might take one thing for a sore throat and another thing for a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause
    (...)  people with more serious problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience
    (...)  of people end their suffering. Most of us catch a cold several times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help
    (...)  for most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   say   Researchers   are   they   to   finding   close   cure   .
    2. medicine   .   have   decades   a   Scientists   on   for   worked
    3. of   viruses   .   Fight   types   of   hundreds   the
    4. have   We   winter   .   suffer   to   every   all
    5. the   viruses   from   molecule   The   working   .   stopped
    6. for   usual   is   The   cold   treatment   medicine   .   a
    7. throat   .   something   might   for   a   We   take   sore
    8. new   stop   symptoms   .   The   molecule   all   could
    9. help   people   It   problems   .   serious   with   more   could
    10. can   cause   It   in   serious   complications   people   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    British researchers say they are closed / close to finding a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked from / for decades on a medicine that would help to send / end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could flight / fight the hundreds of types of viruses that can cause / course a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight against / again new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to threat / treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a special / specially molecule that could make colds a thing of the past / passed. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked / blocking the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses from working in the body.

    The usual / usually treatment for a common cold is for / to take medicines or remedies for the different symptoms. We might take once / one thing for a sore / soar throat and another thing for a runny / run nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different / difference symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms from developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help millions of people end their  / them suffering. Most of us catch a cold several times / time a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people with more serious problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience for much / most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions liking / like asthma."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    british researchers say they are close to finding a cure for the common cold scientists have worked for decades on a medicine that would help to end colds the biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could fight the hundreds of types of viruses that can cause a cold the viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight against new drugs until now there has been no way to treat cold viruses so we all have to suffer every winter however scientists have developed a special molecule that could make colds a thing of the past they tested the molecule and found that it blocked the viruses that cause colds the molecule stopped the viruses from working in the body

    the usual treatment for a common cold is to take medicines or remedies for the different symptoms we might take one thing for a sore throat and another thing for a runny nose or a fever different viruses can cause different symptoms the researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms from developing lead researcher ed tate from londons imperial college said it could help millions of people end their suffering most of us catch a cold several times a year dr tate said it could also help people with more serious problems saying the common cold is an inconvenience for most of us but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma"

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    Britishresearcherssaytheyareclosetofindingacureforthecommoncol
    d.Scientistshaveworkedfordecadesonamedicinethatwouldhelptoen
    dcolds.Thebiggestproblemforresearcherswasfindingadrugthatcould
    fightthehundredsoftypesofvirusesthatcancauseacold.Thevirusesar
    edifficulttofindandtheychangeveryquicklysotheycanfightagainstne
    wdrugs.Untilnow,therehasbeennowaytotreatcoldviruses,soweallha
    vetosuffereverywinter.However,scientistshavedevelopedaspecialm
    oleculethatcouldmakecoldsathingofthepast.Theytestedthemolecule
    andfoundthatitblockedthevirusesthatcausecolds.Themoleculestopp
    edthevirusesfromworkinginthebody.Theusualtreatmentforacommo
    ncoldistotakemedicinesorremediesforthedifferentsymptoms.Wemi
    ghttakeonethingforasorethroatandanotherthingforarunnynoseoraf
    ever.Differentvirusescancausedifferentsymptoms.Theresearchersb
    elievethenewmoleculecouldstopallsymptomsfromdeveloping.Leadr
    esearcherEdTate,fromLondon'sImperialCollege,saiditcouldhelpmilli
    onsofpeopleendtheirsuffering.Mostofuscatchacoldseveraltimesaye
    ar.DrTatesaiditcouldalsohelppeoplewithmoreseriousproblems,sayi
    ng:"Thecommoncoldisaninconvenienceformostofus,butitcancauses
    eriouscomplicationsinpeoplewithconditionslikeasthma."

    Free writing

    Write about cold cure for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the best things to do for a cold? What things do you dislike about colds?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. COLDS: Make a poster about colds. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SLEEP: Write a magazine article about sleep being the best thing for colds. Include imaginary interviews with people who agree and with people who disagree with this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on colds. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas to fight a cold. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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