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Trans fatty acids on food labels
The announcement Wednesday, July 8, by the Food and Drug Administration that it will require nutrition labels to include the amounts of trans fatty acids contained in packaged foods should help millions of people make healthy food choices and lower their cholesterol, according to the American Dietetic Association. (2003-07-09)

Study suggests genetically modifying sunflowers for white mold resistance
A field study conducted by plant scientists at Vanderbilt University and Indiana University found that a transgene that can provide commercial sunflowers with additional protection against a disease called white mold is unlikely to spread throughout the wild sunflower population: Wild sunflowers already possess a degree of resistance to white mold and, as a result, those that pick up the transgene do not appear to gain a reproductive advantage that would cause them to spread widely. (2003-05-22)

Genetically modified crops not necessarily a threat to the environment
As concerns rise about the ecological impacts of genetically modified crops, a new Indiana University study urges a pragmatic approach to dealing with (2003-05-22)

New 'DNA chip' rapidly detects, identifies dangerous pathogens
Detecting pathogens, whether from natural diseases or biological weapons, is about to get faster and more convenient, thanks to a new technique that can sense harmful DNA and immediately alert a doctor or scientist. (2003-04-14)

Predicting the movement of genes
In a study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications, Charity Cummings (University of Kansas), Helen Alexander (University of Kansas), Allison Snow (Ohio State University), Loren Riesenberg (Indiana University) and colleagues tracked the movement of three specific alleles, or genes, in wild and domesticated sunflowers to determine how often and to what extent these plant populations will hybridize and pass specific genes on to the next generation. (2002-12-30)

Cooking oils boost low sulfur diesel fuel and engine lubricant performance
Penn State engineers have shown that adding specially treated cooking oils, such as soybean, canola or sunflower oil, to mandated low sulfur diesel fuels and engine lubricants reduces friction and wear. (2002-10-15)

Mother (nature) knows best
The simple sunflower seed may hold the key to reducing hypertension and associated loss of cognitive ability, and preventing debilitating strokes. A new research study may be an opening salvo in a new front in the war against strokes, the nation's third leading killer. (2002-08-26)

Genetically modified crops may pass helpful traits to weeds, study finds
For the first time, researchers have shown that a gene artificially inserted into crop plants to fend off pests can migrate to weeds in a natural environment and make the weeds stronger. Scientists studied genetically engineered sunflowers - those modified with a gene that produces a chemical toxic to certain insects - to see what happened when these foreign genes, called transgenes, were inadvertently passed along to weedy relatives. (2002-08-08)

Linoleic acid intake may help cut stroke risk
Linoleic acid - found in vegetable oils and soybeans - appears to protect against strokes, researchers report in the August issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2002-08-01)

UC Berkeley researcher promotes new solutions to improving crop yields and ending hunger in Africa
Tens of thousands of farmers in Africa have been seeing crop yields increase two to four times through an innovative soil fertility replenishment program promoted by Pedro Sanchez, senior research fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for Sustainable Resource Development. The program uses trees, rocks and shrubs available throughout sub-Saharan Africa to fertilize farmland. (2002-03-14)

Mayo Clinic book offers prevention tips for #1 killer of men and women
More American women and men die of heart disease each year than any other cause. The good news is cardiovascular disease is mostly preventable. Here are five tips from the second edition of the best-selling Mayo Clinic Heart Book, which can help keep your heart healthy. (2002-02-28)

Agricultural pests may threaten prairies
Tallgrass prairie is among the most threatened ecosystems in North America and many remnants are surrounded by corn fields. New research shows that corn rootworm beetles invade the agricultural edge of prairies, damaging native sunflowers. (2001-09-20)

Vitamin C produces gene-damaging compounds, test-tube study in Science reports
Vitamin C, known to be a DNA-protecting (2001-06-14)

Sheep thrive in GMO feeding trial
Increased wool growth and live weight gain in Merino sheep are the results of a recent Australian feeding trial using genetically modified lupins. The CSIRO trial explored nutritional benefits of lupin seeds genetically modified to incorporate a sunflower gene that stimulates the production of a highly nutritious protein. (2000-11-21)

Scientists unravel ancient evolutionary history of photosynthesis
The origin of photosynthesis in green plants, on which all life on Earth depends for food and oxygen, has been a longstanding problem. By analyzing the genes of all species of photosynthetic bacteria, Indiana University biologists have unraveled the evolutionary history of photosynthesis. (2000-09-06)

Mashed potatoes prepared with heart healthy oil beats rice for appetite control
In a recent study, young men who ate a lunch including mashed potatoes prepared with heart healthy mono unsaturated oil stayed satiated longer than when they ate the same lunch with either rice or mashed potatoes prepared with polyunsaturated oil. (2000-04-15)

Olive oil may prevent the development of bowel cancer
Olive oil may protect against bowel cancer, finds a study in Gut based on research conducted in rats. Previous research has shown that dietary fat helps to promote cancer, but that the development of malignancy is associated both with the amount and type of fat consumed. (2000-01-24)

Scientists Sift Through Trash In Search Of Perfect Landfill
Civil engineer Robert Ham believes well-designed landfills can be tools for recycling, rather than tombs that harbor trash for generations. (1998-02-16)

Cooking And Salad Oils Could Lubricate Cars, Boats, Machines
They're not just for french fries anymore. Tests at Penn State have shown that man vegetable-derived cooking and salad oils, such as corn, sunflower and canola, can be made to perform as well or better than the commercial standard for car, boat and mac (1996-08-21)

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