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By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2014 issue of The Scientist

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Digesting Dietary Data

By Christopher Gardner and Michael Stanton | June 1, 2014

Why are there so many contradictory nutrition studies, and how can they be improved?

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Longevity Diet

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 1, 2014

Researchers unmask a gene that protects C. elegans from lifespan-shrinking metabolic byproducts.

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Mutagens and Multivitamins

By Megan Scudellari | June 1, 2014

Not one to shy away from controversy, Bruce Ames has pitted himself against industry groups, environmentalists, and his peers through his work identifying DNA mutagens. And he’s not done yet.

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Nutrient-Sensing Neurons

By Tracy Vence | June 1, 2014

Using just three dopaminergic neurons, Drosophila larvae can sense whether a food source lacks a full roster of essential amino acids.

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Another Way Fiber Is Filling

By Tracy Vence | April 29, 2014

Acetate, a short-chain fatty acid released following the fermentation of dietary fiber in the gut, accumulates in the brain and can affect appetite in mice.

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Epigenetic Effects of Mom’s Diet

By Emily Willingham | April 29, 2014

Molecular markers of a mother’s nutrition around the time of conception can be found in her child’s DNA.

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Fighting Fire with Fire

By Kerry Grens | January 30, 2014

Exposing severly allergic children to progressively larger amounts of peanut flour desensitizes them over time, a study shows.

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Fiber-Rich Diet Cuts Asthma in Mice

By Kerry Grens | January 7, 2014

Scientists show that fiber’s influence on gut microbes affects the lungs’ response to allergens.

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Gut Bacteria Vary with Diet

By Jef Akst | December 13, 2013

Extreme diets can alter the microbial makeup of the human GI tract, and change the behavior of those bacteria.

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