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A New Era for Origins of Life Science?

A new effort to bring global cohesion to origins of life science launches, and with it a fresh look at how to crack one of the greatest existential questions.

August 7, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

It's the time year for watery eyes and itchy noses, and if you're among the afflicted, you may be surprised to learn that decades of botanical sexism in urban landscapes have contributed to your woes.

April 29, 2015 — Thomas Leo Ogren

What about Earth’s Microbiome?

The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.

April 22, 2015 — Raina Maier
New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

I suspect that the Venn diagram of Food Matters readers and readers of the journal Cell doesn’t contain a lot in the overlap portion, but this week, that should probably change. Cell is one of the big three in biology science publishing (the other two being Nature and Science), and usually contains predominantly wonky, jargon-laden cutting-edge research on [...]

March 26, 2015 — Kevin Bonham

Beyond Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging NAD Fad

Whenever I see my 10-year-old daughter brimming over with so much energy that she jumps up in the middle of supper to run around the table, I think to myself, “those young mitochondria.” Mitochondria are our cells’ energy dynamos.

March 11, 2015 — David Stipp
How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

In part 1 of this series, I talked about what DNA sequencing is, and why it’s an important tool. In part 2, I explained some of the technologies that scientists are currently using to actually “read” the letters of DNA sequences from organisms.

February 28, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
How to Study a Complex Microbial World- Part 1: DNA sequencing

How to Study a Complex Microbial World- Part 1: DNA sequencing

Over the next few months, I plan on writing a lot about research on microbial communities. This is somewhat self-serving, as my own research is moving in that direction, but I also happen to think it’s fascinating, and highly relevant to the most current research involving food.

February 19, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
All the microbes of the field will clap their hands

All the microbes of the field will clap their hands

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: microbes are everywhere, and everywhere important. As regular readers will know, I’ve recently become obsessed with cultivating our microbial companions to make delicious foods.

December 6, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Two Podcasts About the Other Side of Eating

Two Podcasts About the Other Side of Eating

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving, but nevertheless, I’m thankful for sanitation. Here at Food Matters, we spend a lot of time talking about the things that go into our mouths, but throughout the world, the stuff that happens on the other end is almost as important.

November 29, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
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