Monthly Archives: December 2006

Ratio risks in nutrition

Unless ratio measurements are reported with the underlying risks , readers of nutrition and clinical reports cannot cannot judge the significance of the effect.Nutrition is not renowned for giving such data and this is a real deficiency as strong claims are made for the adverse or positive benefit of the nutrient or food being studied…

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Love of all things antioxidant.

love of all things antioxidant.While it is difficult to be against antioxidants, I have to say I am not impressed. Oxidation is a normal end-product of metabolism and is required to kill bacteria and, probably tumor cells, within white blood cells. So if you’re not worried about infections or cancer, antioxidants are pretty good. I…

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Whole wheat

Dubcovsky et al Science 2006, 314, 1298-1301 have identified a gene in wild wheat which controls the distribution of nutrients to the grains when the leaves die off. Wild strains of wheat have an intact version of this gene NAM-B1 which can be crosed into domesticated wheat and increase yields.

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Variability and memory of protein levels in human cell

Variability and memory of protein levels in human cells Sigal et al Nature 2006- 444-643-646This paper looks at an important element of cell biology and hence metabolism and hence the influence of nutrition on metabolism and cell biology , that is the timescale over which protein concentrations mix in individual cells. Mixing meaning the time…

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