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Related to rearrangement: Rearrangement reaction, Fries rearrangement, Beckmann rearrangement, Claisen rearrangement, Curtius rearrangement

rearrange (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just rearrange deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?

be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To be a task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. You're giving the baby a bath before we eat spaghetti? That's like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

rearrange someone's face

injure or mutilate someone's face by hitting it. informal
See also: face, rearrange

rearrange the ˌdeckchairs on the Tiˈtanic

if something is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it is an activity that is not worth doing because it cannot improve the situation: None of the staff believe that the new system will improve anything. It’s simply a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.This expression refers to the famous ship that sank after hitting an iceberg on its first voyage.
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2] The mother and sister of our male patient had been diagnosed with balanced and unbalanced chromosomal translocations, respectively, highlighting that this was a familial chromosomal rearrangement.
Researchers also found that older pediatric leukemia patients with the MLL rearrangement had significantly more mutations than infants.
Following amplification, a total of 74% (37/50) positive monoclonality rearrangements were detected in IGH gene.
This method is not limited to the noninvasive detection of balanced fetal translocations, but rather has broad applicability in any condition where a balanced structural rearrangement has been implicated.
B-cell lymphomas with concurrent IGHBCL2 and MYC rearrangements are aggressive neoplasms with clinical and pathologic features distinct from Burkitt lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
11) Although the antibody used in our study has also been shown to react with FLI1, (10) our results demonstrate that FLI1 staining is very rare in prostate cancer (given the previously demonstrated concordance between the antibody and ERG rearrangement status by FISH (11)) and benign prostate glands (given only 5 benign glands across 418 cores [1%] with any staining in the current study).
The researchers analyzed these regions further to identify DNA sequences that displayed incorrect ordering, orientation, or spacing, and observed that an average of 9 rearrangements was found in each of the six samples (range, 4-17).
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has been used for the identification of chromosome abnormalities in couples who are at risk for either aneuploidy, based on maternal age, or an unbalanced parental karyotype chromosome rearrangement (such as translocations and inversions).
Keywords: Polyphosphoric acid (PPA), Acylation reactions, Fries rearrangement, Hydroxyaryl Ketones, Phenol derivatives.
Studies relating to molecular evolution provide considerable evidence of the occurrence of chromosome rearrangement, shuffling, reorganisation, etc.
The report evaluates other proposed changes at the airport, such as the acquisition and rearrangement of parking lots, that would be undertaken if a proposed agreement with the city is adopted.
Rearrangements are known to cause diseases; knowledge of rearrangement can reveal new biological mechanisms.
It can lead to an extensive rearrangement of the gel network.
However, upon addition of the phospholipid layer, the polyelectrolyte layer becomes less hydrated and the terpolymer layer undergoes significant structural rearrangement.
Already Parr can observe differences in the mtDNA rearrangement of sequence in malignant or benign tumours of the 40 volunteered patients.