Strange Ontology: Week beginning 10th November

We must be onto three or four references to the purple tomato now – I’m going to drop them a line to see if there are any interests they’d like to declare. Kwak et al. is open source.

New Research

10th November

How your unique body odour could identify you as effectively as a fingerprint

A report on: Kwak et al (2008) Genetically-Based Olfactory Signatures Persist Despite Dietary Variation PLoS ONE 3: e3591 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003591

Health news: Weight-loss surgery in an hour, gas cure for athlete’s foot and alcohol-free beer that’s good for the heart

A report on: Alvarex et al (2008) Effects of alcohol-free beer on lipid profile and parameters of oxidative stress and inflammation in elderly women Nutrition, doi:10.1016/j.nut.2008.08.005

11th November

Window into mouse’s chest reveals how cancer spreads

A report on: Kedrin et al (2008) Intravital imaging of metastatic behavior through a mammary imaging window Nature Methods, doi:10.1038/nmeth.1269

13th November

Eating tomatoes could help fight a painful womb condition that affects 2 million women in UK

A report on: Dbouk et al. (2008) Lycopene a powerful antioxidant with remarkable antiadhesion effects, Fertility and Sterility, 90, s1: 151.

Hope for millions of women as scientists unlock secret of breast cancer ‘wonder’ drug

A report on: Hurtado et al (2008) Regulation of ERBB2 by oestrogen receptor-PAX2 determines response to tamoxifen Nature, doi:10.1038/nature07483

Causes in brief

11th November

Pay the obese to take a walk: Now the nanny state offers rewards just for losing weight in £30m health drive

‘There are lots of reasons, but the simple, everyday decisions we all make about food and exercise contribute hugely to our biggest health problems, including heart disease and cancer.”

12th November

Why eating GM food could lower your fertility

“British scientists recently unveiled a GM purple tomato they claimed could help people avoid developing cancer. The tomato is high in antioxidants – naturally found in other fresh produce such as blueberrys, cranberries and carrots – which are seen as a protection against ill health.”

15th November

Britain’s ‘Erin Brockovich’ wins landmark battle against pesticides being spread on fields near homes

“Symptoms [reported by those living close to fields treated with pesticides] included rashes, itching, sore throats, burning eyes, blistering, headaches, nausea, stomach pains and burnt vocal chords. Many had developed cancer, asthma and ME.”


12th November

The ‘intelligent pill’ that helps the medicine go down exactly where it’s needed

See the AAPS press release promoting their conference here.