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A toast to bread mould genome

The pursuit of genome sequencing continues with the news this week that scientists from seven nations have revealed the genome sequence of the bread mould...

Can PCBs harm boy birthrate?

Adding to a growing body of evidence that suggests environmental pollution may have an impact on the proportion of male births around the world, a...

Phytoestrogen impact on health?

The UK's independent scientific Committee on Toxicity (COT) is urging the government's health department, which has responsibility for infant health and feeding practices, to review...

Hard evidence on dietary fibre?

Findings from a massive European-based study published in this week's The Lancet (2003; 361: 1496-501) suggest that a high fibre diet could considerably protect us...

Calcium stable in high-protein diet

A high-protein diet containing mostly meat does not have adverse effects on women's ability to retain calcium, according to a study . About 200 million...

Breadmakers should cut the salt

Food manufacturers could reduce the salt content in bread by 25 per cent, without consumers noticing any difference in taste, according to researchers in Australia....

Allergen testing, portfolio expands

As pressure on food manufacturers continues with regards to food allergen labelling, research companies are coming up with new techniques to test for a variety...

EU discusses biotech industry

Vienna, Austria is the setting for the upcoming Cordia EuropaBio Convention, designed to encourage the sharing of the latest knowledge on harmonisation and integration in...

Danisco dips into growing trend

As savoury marinades and cooking sauces gain in popularity, some industry forecasters are predicting that the next product to fly off grocery shelves will be...

Fighting AMD

Italian pharmaceutical company sigma-tau has developed a new compound which helps to slow down and improve the symptoms caused by Age-related Macular Disease (AMD). Named...

Food safety focus for FP6

An information day on the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) will take place on 21 May in Toulouse, France, organised by the European information centre and...

Herbal growth accelerates in UK

The UK complementary medicines market has grown by almost 60 per cent in the last five years to an estimated value of £130 million (€187m),...

Premature births linked to nutrition levels

Even modest restrictions in maternal nutrition around the time of conception can lead to premature births and long-term adverse health effects for offspring, suggests new...

The value of folic acid

Further evidence of the harmful effects of folate deficiency during pregnancy are revealed as scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research report a possible link...

New blight-resistant chickpea

A new chickpea variety called Sierra has been released by scientists at the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Sierra's high yield combined with disease resistance...

Acrylamide, one year on

Risk assessors from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) repeated their call for the levels of acrylamide in foods to be reduced as...

Folic to combat Down's syndrome?

An adequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy, believed to protect against neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies, may also help prevent Down's syndrome, researchers...

Gelatine boosts collagen synthesis

Can gelatine play a role in preventing and treating degenerative arthritic disease? New research suggests that gelatine could stimulate collagen synthesis in cartilage cells. Physiologists...

Governance of European research

The European Commission is organising a conference entitled 'Governance of the European Research Area: the role of civil society', which will take place in Brussels...

Olive oil - phyto combo for heart health

A recent in vitro study suggests that a phytosterol-boosted nutritional oil from Israeli company Enzymotec could help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The...

EPI extends range

French dairy ingredients company EPI Ingredients has launched a new product under its Epilac line of fermented dairy proteins. Epilac 910, based on the original...

Combatting the sweet tooth

Obesity, one of the key issues of the 21st century, came under the spotlight at a recent seminar organised by Selectchemie, the Swiss agent of...

EU scientific committee completes mandate

The European Commission's Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) has closed its door to the business of dispensing scientific advice, but not before finalising 19 outstanding opinions...

The economics of GMOs

As the European Commission tells member states to tow the EU line over genetically modified organisms, the issue continues to gain pace elsewhere in the...

Keep up the porridge!

Evidence mounts in support of the health benefits of regularly consuming oats with a new study suggesting that kids who have a constant intake of...

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