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Frying oil consumption worsened colon cancer and colitis in mice, study shows

Food scientists have shown that feeding frying oil to mice exaggerated colonic inflammation, enhanced tumor growth and worsened gut leakage, spreading bacteria or toxic bacterial products into the bloodstream.

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Materials scientists build a synthetic system with compartments like real cells

Polymer chemists and materials scientists have achieved some notable advances that mimic Nature, but one of the most common and practical features of cells has so far been out of reach — intracellular compartmentalization. Now researchers tell how they take advantage of differences in electrical charge to create an ‘all aqueous,’ water-in-water construct that achieves compartmentalization in a synthetic system.

What is brown fat and can it help you lose weight?

We’re used to thinking of body fat as bad. But for scientists, fat holds the key to some interesting clues about weight and body shape — specifically, brown fat. What we know about the white kind of fat is that…

Bacterial sex drives evolution of microbes to conquer and colonize the gut

(Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) Healthy mice study real-time gut colonization and discovered a pivotal role for bacterial sex in the evolution of the mammalian microbiome. This discovery constitutes a paradigm shift and opens the possibility to design new therapies.

What is a ketogenic diet?

You’ve heard of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets like the Atkins diet and paleo diet. A strict version of those diets has also gained popularity, simply called the ketogenic or keto diet. These ketogenic diets are occasionally popular because they allow people…

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #33, 2019

Posted on 20 August 2019 by SkS-Team 39 articles, 5 open access.  Keep calm but don’t carry on Skeptical Science was founded for the purpose of debunking misunderstandings and intentional misinformation about anthropogenic climate change. In this interest, this week…

Potential treatments for citrus greening

Over the course of 40 years, a biologist has become an expert in symbiotic bacteria that help alfalfa grow. She has published over 150 papers on this one topic but when she realized her lab’s decades of highly focused research could contribute to a solution for citrus greening — a disease that devastates citrus crops — she was inspired to go in a new direction.