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5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

Parents’ bad diets may mess with genes, boost kids’ risk of obesity, diabetes

Mouse IVF study suggests genetic switches to blame for metabolic inheritance.<p>A crummy diet can obviously have a lasting impact on the waistline—but …

Diabetes

'Detox enzyme' which stops sugar being stored as fat identified by scientists

This discovery may mean that guilt-free sugary snacks could become a reality<p>Relish the idea of sucking down a fizzy drink or biting into a doughnut with no consequences?<p>Imagine never having to start a diet in January again.<p>This could be the future after scientists at the University of Montreal …

Can blocking fat transport increase lifespan? - Futurity

A protein responsible for transporting fats like cholesterol around the body may also hinder essential functions in cells that increase lifespan.

The case of the sticky protein

Proteins are like a body's in-house Lego set. These large, complex molecules are made up of building blocks called amino acids. Most of the time, …

Researchers Map A Protein ‘Tree Of Life’ For Species Across The Animal Kingdom

We're not so different after all<p>Proteins are a vast network of worker bees in our body, all carrying out different functions, from facilitating muscle movement to initiating thought. Roughly 20,000 unique proteins are synthesized by our genes, and work together in combination to execute complex …

Biology

Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

About half of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new report. And experts in the field say that's <i>good</i> news.<p>That's because the study finds that after two decades of linear growth, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States has finally started to plateau.<p>In a paper …

Diabetes

Team makes Vicodin component in yeast, says 'home brew' opiates still not feasible

Earlier this summer, a flurry of scientific papers and news reports warned of the likely arrival, sometime soon, of "home brew heroin" -- opiate drugs that might be brewed using yeast, just like beer or wine are, possibly in the privacy of your own home.<p>Advances in bioengineering had allowed …

Homebrewing

For fat loss, low-fat diets beat low-carb diets handily, new research finds

It is a central dogma of the low-carb lifestyle: that while avoiding carbohydrates will force the human body into fat-burning mode, any diet that fails to suppress insulin will trap body fat in place and thwart a dieter's hope of shifting to a leaner, healthier body type.<p>But researchers from the …

Low Fat