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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 16, 2009
A real possibility does exist for developing a new generation of foods that make people feel full by releasing anti-hunger aromas during chewing, scientists in the Netherlands are reporting. Such foods would fight the global epidemic of obesity with aromas that quench hunger and prevent people from overeating. Their article appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication.
Scientists in Sweden are reporting for the first time that a group of drugs used to treat heart failure shows promise for fighting colon cancer. The study is in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, a monthly publication. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, with more than 150,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
New scientific discoveries are moving society toward the era of “personalized solar energy,” in which the focus of electricity production shifts from huge central generating stations to individuals in their own homes and communities. That's the topic of a report by an international expert on solar energy published in the ACS’ Inorganic Chemistry, a bi-weekly journal.
In an advance that could help ease health and environmental concerns about the emerging nanotechnology industry, scientists are reporting development of technology for changing the behavior of nanoparticles in municipal sewage treatment plants — their main gateway into the environment. Their study was published in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.
What secrets about your risk for diseases are written in your own personal “Book of Life” — the 30,000 or so genes that make you you? Advances in DNA-sequencing technology are bringing closer the day when it will be more economical for consumers to get an answer to that question, and others, by ordering up the deciphering of their entire genetic endowment — their “personal genome.” That’s the possibility that Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine, raises in a compelling new cover story.
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Scientists are taking a closer look at resveratrol, a compound in red wine and other plant-based foods, to determine if its effects in promoting longevity in fruit flies, worms and obese mice also could translate into a longer life for humans. Some scientists say the compound boosts these animals’ life spans by acting on a specific family of enzymes called sirtuins. But the problem is that resveratrol affects many biochemical pathways and even after years of research it’s not clear if these enzymes really do fit into the anti-aging picture. For a copy of the story, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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