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The evolution of good taste

Does evolution explain why we can't resist a salty chip? Researchers at NC State University found that differences between the elemental composition of foods and the elemental needs of animals can explain the development of pleasing…

Making a meal of DNA in the seafloor

Specialized bacteria in the oceans seafloor consume and recycle nucleic acids from dead biomass DNA is an abundant and nutritious food source for microbes The diet of microbes is vast: They are able to use different molecules as…

An omega-3 that’s poison for tumors

Credit: Copyright UCLouvain So-called "good fatty acids" are essential for human health and much sought after by those who try to eat healthily. Among the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is crucial to brain function,…