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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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Origins of Lactase Persistence in Africa

By | March 13, 2014

Large-scale sequencing effort confirms several mutations that confer lactase persistence in Africans, while haplotype analysis sheds light on the trait’s origins.

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High Protein, High Risk?

By | March 6, 2014

Low-protein diets are linked to longer life spans in mice and humans.

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Crop Coalescence

By | March 5, 2014

While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.

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Transgenic Plant Produces Omega-3s

By | January 3, 2014

Scientists identify a set of genes that direct the synthesis of omega-3 fatty acids in the seed oil of Camelina sativa.

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Opinion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

By | October 22, 2013

Nutrition research must overcome pseudoscientific measures and self-interest to make progress in the fight against obesity.

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Sensing Calories Without Taste

By | April 22, 2013

Rodents and fruit flies appear to be able to sense nutrients even when they can’t taste the food they’re eating. Now, researchers are trying to figure out how.

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All In Proportion

By | March 2, 2013

Drosophila insulin-like peptides (dILPs) regulate part of the signaling pathway that helps keep organs growing in proportion during development.

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Instant Messaging

By | March 1, 2013

During development, communication between organs determines their relative final size.

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Contributors

By | February 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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