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Gut virus research receives prestigious funding

By Nikki Hancocks

A new €910,000 cash boost from The Wellcome Trust will see researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland investigate the role of bacteriophages in the gut microbiome.

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Bacteria in newborn's stool may indicate risk of obesity

By Nikki Hancocks

The bacteria found in a baby's first stool can predict its likelihood of becoming overweight by the age of three, according to a new prospective, population‐based study, suggesting a child's risk of obesity may to start during pregnancy.

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Expert view: Genetics-based nutrition is risky business

By Nikki Hancocks

Although genes do have some bearing on obesity risk, they are only one small element of a much wider picture so genetics-based advice alone has the propensity to do more harm than good, according a recent online conference hosted by the American Nutrition...

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Wild ride over past decade shapes view of coming frenetic year

By Hank Schultz

The dietary supplement industry is a crazy quilt that marries the sublime to the ridiculous and includes players of the highest moral and intellectual standards as well as those participating in the basest grubbing for money.

Dr Ikhlas Khan becomes NCNPR director

Dr Ikhlas Khan becomes NCNPR director

By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest, The University of Mississippi

After 25 years with the University of Mississippi research center, Ikhlas Khan became director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy on Jan. 1.

Biased by industry? Do academic and business collaborations work?


Biased by industry? Do academic and business collaborations work?

By Nathan Gray

Like many areas of nutrition research, probiotic and prebiotic science relies on strong collaboration between academic experts and businesses. But there are some who say such links create biased science.

IASC takes issue with description of aloe used in research study

IASC takes issue with description of aloe used in research study

By Hank Schultz

The International Aloe Science council has weighed in on an aloe science study that does not adequately characterize the ingredient in its description. The term “nondecolorized” should have been included so as not to mislead consumers, the group says.


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