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How sweet is it?
To assist corn producers and the agricultural industry with meeting consumer demand for this sweet, nutritrious vegetable, researchers have developed a new tool, or (2007-11-05)

Worms take the sniff test to reveal sex differences in brain
Buttery popcorn or fresh green vegetables? Your answer tells a lot about you. Now, scientists say that the way that thousands of tiny worms have answered that question likely reveals a lot about you and your brain, too. (2007-11-05)

Liverpool scientists reveal how mice recognise each other
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that mice rely on a special set of proteins to recognise each other. (2007-11-02)

Could 'hairy roots' become biofactories?
Rice University bioengineers have reported an advance in tapping the immense potential of 'hairy roots' as natural factories to produce medicines, food flavorings and other commercial products. The study, published in next month's Biotechnology Progress, focuses on a species of periwinkle that produces the anti-cancer drugs vincristine and vinblastine. Scientists hope to use the findings to boost production of the drugs. (2007-10-30)

Stevens researchers provide new information about mass spectrometry
Fresh data on mass spectrometry are presented in the report 'Low-energy collision-induced fragmentation of negative ions derived from ortho-, meta-, and para-hydroxyphenyl carbaldehydes, ketones, and related compounds,' produced by professor Athula Attygalle and his colleagues in the Center for Mass Spectrometry at Stevens Institute of Technology. (2007-10-13)

Iowa State consumer survey shows links between local foods, climate change, food safety
American consumers believe that local foods are safer, better and more healthy, and half of the respondents are willing to pay more for it. (2007-09-28)

Good earth: Brown chemists show origin of soil-scented geosmin
Brown University chemists have figured out precisely how the warm, slightly metallic scent of freshly turned soil is made. In Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes how geosmin, the organic compound responsible for the scent, is produced by an unusual bifunctional enzyme. (2007-09-16)

Lettuce, leafy greens and E. coli
The rise in year-round consumption of fresh leafy greens such as lettuce and baby spinach is increasing the difficulty of keeping produce free from contamination by food poisoning bacteria, according to US scientists speaking today (Monday 3 Sept. 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology's 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 Sept. 2007. (2007-09-02)

Sex is thirst-quenching for female beetles
Female beetles mate to quench their thirst according to new research by a University of Exeter biologist. The males of some insect species, including certain types of beetles, moths and crickets, produce unusually large ejaculates, which in some cases can account for around 10 percent of their body weight. The study shows that dehydrated females can accept sexual invitations simply to get hold of the water in the seminal fluid. (2007-08-28)

Study found no drug interference with pomegranate juice
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology finds that pomegranate juice does not interact with medication. Earlier studies suggested that, like grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice may interfere with metabolism of drugs by inhibiting CYP3A, an enzyme that allows the body to transform and eliminate a drug. This is the first study using human subjects to test the drug interactions of pomegranate juice, unlike prior studies which were conducted in vitro and in animals. (2007-08-20)

New prion protein discovered by Canadian scientists may offer insight into mad cow disease
Scientists have discovered a new protein that may offer fresh insights into brain function in mad cow disease. (2007-08-16)

Freshwater supplies threatened in central Pacific
An international team from the Australian National University, Ecowise Environmental, the government of the Republic of Kiribati, the French agency CIRAD and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission has been studying the impacts of natural and human-induced changes on groundwater in the central Pacific nation of Kiribati since 1996. (2007-08-15)

Expert to provide update after 'worst tomato virus' hits California
Robert Gilbertson, plant pathology professor at the University of California, Davis, will provide the update on the status of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) after it was found for the first time in California. The update is part of a news conference on plant diseases that are of importance to California's economy and agriculture, to be held Monday, July 30 at 11 a.m. PST at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. (2007-07-19)

Study reveals surge in male-factor infertility technique
A national study reveals that intracytoplasmic sperm injection, an assisted reproductive technology used to treat male-factor infertility, has increased dramatically in the United States since 1995. (2007-07-18)

Could targeted food taxes improve health?
A daily pint or a helping of dairy foods protect against the clustering of abnormal body chemistry known as the metabolic syndrome, suggests a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The syndrome has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, coronary artery disease and premature death. (2007-07-11)

Ancient Americans liked it hot -- Smithsonian study traces Mexican cuisine roots to 1,500 years ago
One of the world's tastiest and most popular cuisines, Mexican food also may be one of the oldest. Plant remains from two caves in southern Mexico analyzed by a Smithsonian ethnobotanist/archaeologist and a colleague indicate that as early as 1,500 years ago, Pre-Columbian inhabitants of the region enjoyed a spicy fare similar to Mexican cuisine today. The study will be published the week of July 9 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2007-07-09)

Germany's embryo protection law is 'killing embryos rather than protecting them'
Instead of preserving life, Germany's embryo protection law has had the unintended consequence of increasing the number of fetuses killed after fertility treatment, according to new figures presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. A representative of the German IVF registry has called for the law to be changed urgently to ensure that this situation does not continue. (2007-07-04)

Study could impact noninvasive treatment of cancer tumors
Ram Devireddy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at LSU, recently co-authored an article with Todd Monroe, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, investigating the complex effects of nanoparticles on cell freezing. The report was published in the prestigious journal Nanotechnology. (2007-06-14)

Food safety begins as vegetables grow
Monitoring vegetables while they are growing is crucial in the prevention of contamination of fresh produce with harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, say plant pathologists who are members of the American Phytopathological Society. (2007-06-11)

Oxygen trick could see organic costs tumble
A simple, cheap treatment using just oxygen could allow growers to store organic produce for longer and go a long way towards reducing the price of organic fruit and vegetables. One of the major contributing factors affecting the price is the short shelf life of organic produce. Losses can be high during storage. Conventional produce can be treated with inexpensive chemicals to aid preservation. (2007-06-10)

Marine sediment microbial fuel cells get a nutritional boost
Discarded crab and lobster shells may be the key to prolonging the life of microbial fuel cells that power sensors beneath the sea, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (2007-06-04)

Skimmed milk -- Straight from the cow
Herds of cows producing skimmed milk could soon be roaming our pastures, reports Cath O'Driscoll in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. Scientists in New Zealand have discovered that some cows have genes that give them a natural ability to produce skimmed milk and plan to use this information to breed herds of milkers producing only skimmed milk. (2007-05-28)

Adult stem cells from human cord umbilical cord blood successfully engineered to make insulin
In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin. (2007-05-25)

Melting of the Greenland ice cap may have consequences for climatic change
At the last ice age, before the great ice sheets of the Arctic Ocean began to melt, early sporadic episodes of melting of the old ice sheet which covered the British Isles had already begun to affect the circulation of the ocean currents. Based on this observation, scientists consider that the acceleration of the melting of the Greenland ice cap could play an important role in the development of climate change. (2007-05-07)

Doctors ill equipped to confront parent smoking
With the growing number of postpartum mothers reporting they were currently smoking or smoked late in their pregnancy, it has become more critical to involve health care providers such as pediatricians in educating parents about the consequences of secondhand smoke exposure for children. However, minimal formal medical training exists regarding how pediatricians can effectively speak to their patients about secondhand smoke-related issues, according to an article in the May issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. (2007-05-01)

Plant a garden to grow your kids' desire for vegetables and fruit, new SLU study suggests
Preschool children eat more fruits and vegetables when the produce is homegrown, a study by Saint Louis University researchers finds. (2007-04-18)

Study of US restaurants shows no healthier foods without healthier profits
With obesity, diabetes and other diet-related maladies on the rise in the United States, are healthy choices available when eating out? In an interview study of top executives at major US restaurant chains, researchers found that growing sales and increasing profits led the list of factors that drive menu selection. The study, reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, sought to understand how restaurant chains make decisions about their menus. (2007-04-11)

OHSU surgeon implants donated tissue allografts
For many orthopedic surgeons, obtaining tissue for transplant to treat people with severe joint disorders has been difficult. But a new cooperative conceived by OHSU surgeons and administrators will make Portland, Ore., one of 16 areas across the country to receive priority allocation of fresh cartilage allografts for transplantation, allowing patients suffering from complex joint injury to be treated in a timely and effective manner. (2007-04-10)

Eating with our eyes: Why people eat less at unbused tables
People who saw how much they had already eaten -- e.g., leftover chicken-wing bones -- ate 27 percent less than people who had no such environmental cues, finds a study by Cornell's Brian Wansink. (2007-04-09)

Place more than race tied to heart disease risk
Where you live might play a bigger role in your risk for heart disease than your ethnicity or race. New research reveals that rural residents were more knowledgeable about healthy eating and heart disease risk than urban residents, but that urban residents were more motivated and optimistic about getting healthy. The findings could help health-care professionals better target heart disease prevention programs. (2007-03-26)

Give a 'fresh start' to the health of the next generation of Indigenous Australians
TV celebrity and Aussie legend, Mr Ray Martin, has told attendees at the launch of an Indigenous health project that the health of the next generation of Indigenous Australians needs to be given a (2007-03-15)

A case of mistaken identity for the ivory-billed woodpecker?
Video evidence that an extinct woodpecker is alive and well in Arkansas may prove to be a case of mistaken identity. Research published today in the open access journal BMC Biology shows how fleeting images thought to be the ivory-billed woodpecker Campephilus principalis could be another native woodpecker species. (2007-03-14)

New evidence that global warming fuels stronger Atlantic hurricanes
Atmospheric scientists have uncovered fresh evidence to support the hotly debated theory that global warming has contributed to the emergence of stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. (2007-02-28)

The cost of keeping eggs fresh for mother cockroaches
Tiny multiple sperm can be long lived, while large (2007-02-26)

XMM-Newton's anniversary view of nearest detected supernova
Twenty years after the first detection of SN 1987A, the nearest supernova ever detected so far, XMM-Newton provided a fresh-new view of this object. The source keeps brightening -- XMM-Newton confirms. (2007-02-23)

Climate changes, Cod collapse have altered North Atlantic ecosystems
Climate change plays a role in ecosystem changes along the continental shelf waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, reports a Cornell oceanographer in the Feb. 23 issue of Science. (2007-02-22)

University of Nevada professor demonstrates new hydrogen fuel system
With energy costs soaring, Nevada professor has the answer to a cleaner, more environmentally friendly and completely renewable form of energy through a $3 million grant -- work to make hydrogen energy a reality. (2007-02-22)

Mouse stem cell line advance suggests potential for IVF-incompetent eggs
Researchers have found that mouse oocytes that fail to become fertilized during in vitro fertilization are nevertheless often capable of succeeding as (2007-02-19)

Living in poor neighborhoods raises risks for heart disease and stroke
According to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the incidence of heart disease and associated fatalities are higher for people who live in poor neighborhoods verses those who live in more affluent areas. (2007-02-14)

Rutgers survey examines public responses to the recent spinach recall
To investigate the public's reactions to recall of spinach in September 2006, a nationally representative sample of 1,200 Americans were interviewed by telephone from November 8 to 29, 2006. The results of the nationwide telephone survey describe the level of consumer awareness and knowledge of the recall and foodborne illness. The results also provide insight into consumer behavior during the recall and likely future behavior in response to the recall. (2007-02-05)

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