TS Picks: October 17, 2016

Problematic dietary advice; the man whose cells were fixed with CRISPR; treating toads

Kerry Grens
Kerry Grens
Oct 17, 2016

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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • The effect of food on our bodies is complicated—so why aren’t dietary guidelines? During years when there has been a drop in the consumption of sugar or fat, obesity rates continued to rise. Undark last week (October 13) explored the phenomenon. Perhaps it’s because of public health messages urging people to cut back on these dietary culprits. “Partitioning macronutrients into good and bad guys is a big mistake,” Luc Tappy of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland told Undark, because their impact “varies according to food consumed.” The problem, it seems, is that more complicated—and, likely, more accurate—guidelines that focus on diet more holistically get ignored.
     
  • MIT Technology Review humanizes the technological advances in CRISPR that could one day contribute to curing disease, in this case, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Tech Review introduces readers to Benjamin Dupree,...