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New Slice of Wheat Genome Could Help Feed Growing Global Population

Common wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) might seem as boring as the sliced bread it is baked into. But genetically, it is vexingly complex.Its genome is about six times as big as our own, and its genes are distributed among six sets of chromosomes (we humans have just two)...

November 28, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Global High Fructose Corn Syrup Use May Be Fueling Diabetes Increase

It doesn’t matter where you look: the U.S., Mexico, Malaysia or Portugal, the more high fructose corn syrup consumption, on average, the more diabetes.A new study of 43 countries in Global Public Health , published online November 27, found that adult type-2 diabetes is 20 percent higher in countries that consume large quantities of high fructose corn syrup...

November 27, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Wormholes In Art Trace Species Through Time and Space

Wormholes aren't just for time travel or teleportation anymore. Some very real and ancient wormholes are now helping to trace the distribution of insect species and artwork.A biologist found himself in the unlikely world of centuries-old European woodblock print art...

November 20, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Pharmacies Dispense Meds Even after Docs Stop Prescription

When doctors take patients off of a prescription medicine, it is often for a good reason. But pharmacists don't always get the memo. A new study finds that more than 1 in 100 discontinued prescriptions were filled by the pharmacy anyway, putting some patients at serious risk.In the U.S., pharmacists filled more than 3.7 billion prescriptions in 2011...

November 19, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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