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What You Eat Affects Your Genes

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the you-are-what-you-eat dept.

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purkinje writes "Tiny bits of genetic material, called microRNAs, can make their way from the food you eat into your blood stream, and change how your genes are expressed, according to a new study. A team of Chinese scientists found tiny bits of white rice microRNA floating around in people's blood after a meal. When they looked at what was happening on a cellular level, they found that the microRNAs were changing gene expression, decreasing levels of a receptor that filters out LDL (bad) cholesterol. When the scientists gave mice both rice and a chemical to block the microRNAs, their levels of that receptor returned to normal — showing that the microRNAs weren't just swimming through the blood stream, but acting on genes in the animals' cells."

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And your..... (5, Funny)

jimpop (27817) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474680)

... Jeans

Re:And your..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474778)

... Peens

Re:chaneloutlet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475536)

http://www.chanelsoutlets.com Are you still hunting for that one designer Chanel purse? Have you seen it online, but aren't willing to pull the trigger, because it might be a fake? Or you simply can't afford to pay hundreds for your favorite purse but know that you want it desperately? Then a Chanel outlet might be your answer. There are only a handful of these stores around the world, so it's best you know where they are so that you can plan ahead.

Re:chaneloutlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475634)

What if I want a purse made out of human skin?

Re:chaneloutlet (3, Funny)

siddesu (698447) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475690)

You'll have to contact Hugo Boss. Ask for the Schutzstaffel catalog.

Who needs jeans? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475578)

Jeans? Who needs jeans? [kiltmen.com] A kilt gives more room "down there" and can improve circulation around the equipment that a man uses to pass on his genes. So does an ankle-length shirt [pineight.com] .

Re:Who needs jeans? (1)

euroq (1818100) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475686)

Dude I love the links. I'm going to buy a kilt tomorrow.

This is not new. (0)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474696)

I read on Alex Jones' Infowars website about an independent lab verifying the presence of HPV mRNA in their vaccines, and the hazard it poses to genetic integrity.

Yeah, yeah, laugh all you want - but you know there's a much bigger problem than mRNA on our hands when Alex Jones' Infowars is more Credible than CNN and FoxNews.

Re:This is not new. (1)

Pseudonym Authority (1591027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474754)

Broken clock is right blah blah blah. As much crazy bullshit that that idiot spews, he is bound to get something right eventually. (Contrast this with MSM, who never get anything right, so I draw the conclusion that they are not incompetent, but malicious).

Re:This is not new. (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475400)

Heh, that gave me a good chuckle.

Jones is classic dis-information - some controversial nuggets of truth mixed in with batshit-crazy to make sure the truths are dismissed as well.

"Oh, that's one of those Alex Jones theories - you know he's batshit crazy, right?"

Re:This is not new. (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474760)

What you didn't read is the chance that that hazard will actually manifest, and the comparison between that chance and the chance of getting whatever the disease is preventing. Then there's the severity of side effects to consider... The worst likely side effect of most vaccines is discomfort for up to a few days. The worst likely side effect of many vaccine-preventable diseases is death.

Alex Jones is just as bad as Fox News. He presents only facts that support his particular crazy theory, and ignores every bit of information that doesn't. That one of his bits of almost-credible information has some superficial similarity to actual science doesn't change anything.

Re:This is not new. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474936)

Alex Jones needs to be taken off the air immediately and sent to China for Organ Harvesting that is the only way that vile kook will be of any use to humanity.

This is what happens when you let these kooks and conspiracy theorists say whatever they want to say. We need the FCC to step in and tell these morons to either tell the truth or take their vile Tea Party spewing rhetoric and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

We used to have FCC rules against such morons, but the Reptile Republican patron Saint his Highness Ronald McDonald Reaganus Maximus screwed all of that up and now we have to listen to such blowhard work against the progress that has been made in last 90 years. These cretins rally their ignorant masses against the Progressive measures that are there to make their lives better, they are like the people throwing wooden shoes into the machinery, worse they are terrorists and should be treated as such.

Oh and don't get me started on their worship of the "Founders", a bunch of slave holders like Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. The Tea Party has stated they want to abolish the Amendment that freed the slaves, They want a return to the plantation and won;t be happy until the black man is out picking cotton for them.

Their precious constitution was written over 300 years ago and holds absolutely no relevance today, they had no idea what electricity was or even cars. We would be better to just to have one final amendment to constitution to void it and write a new one that ensures social justice and a fair wage equal wage so that the CEO and the factory line worker make the same amount of money then we will be able to finally have a country we can be proud of.

Re:This is not new. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474966)

what are you doing? youre responding to what you accuse as being crackpottery with your own crackpottery. of course, in your world, democrat good, republican bad.. you have no business calling him a simpleton.

Re:This is not new. (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475120)

Their precious constitution was written over 300 years ago

And which constitution is that? The US Constitution is only 224 years old.

Also, what if you can't impose social jistice by fiat?

Re:This is not new. (1)

Pseudonym Authority (1591027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475184)

Alexander Hamilton

But, Alexander Hamilton was a federalist!

If this were done in an English speaking country.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474732)

...they probably would have used a different pairing of test subjects besides "mice" and "rice"

Re:If this were done in an English speaking countr (1)

curio_city (1972556) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475196)

Nope, mice are relatively cheap, easy to handle, and have physiology somewhat similar to humans' in English-speaking countries too.

not my field.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474734)

looks interesting, not my field but I have to ask if there is existing research with similar findings.

anyone got better introductory information on this topic?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroRNA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_expression

Re:not my field.... (2)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474796)

Food is essentially a chemical. DNA is a chemical. Should we be surprised that one chemical would have an effect on other chemicals?

Re:not my field.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474950)

I only eat all natural, organic foods. It says right on the label that it does not contain any chemicals!

Re:not my field.... (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475678)

I know this is supposed to be humour, but it's surprising how many people don't realise that basically all matter is a 'chemical' compound of some variety.

The great unwashed masses seem to be blissfully unaware that there is no such thing as 'chemical free chicken' or what ever marketing spiel the ad men decide to pitch to you.

What we are really poor at is distinguishing between harmful chemical compounds and comparitively harmless compounds. Even water (H2O) is harmful in sufficently high concentrations, either due to drowning or water poinsoning.

Re:not my field.... (5, Informative)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475026)

Yes, because up until recently we thought that cell membranes kept all the environmental chemicals out except only the ones that are allowed in. Every year we're learning that cell membranes are much more permeable than we thought and that chemicals we used to think never entered cells are in fact binding to stuff inside cell nuclei (even more membranes to go through) and affecting genes directly. We used to think that anything that happened in the nucleus was strictly controlled by a cells own internal messaging mechanisms. Now we're not sure. Much more environmental interaction is allowed than what was previously believed.

Re:not my field.... (1)

epine (68316) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475074)

Food is essentially a chemical. DNA is a chemical. Should we be surprised that one chemical would have an effect on other chemicals?

Not in dead tissue. In living organisms, enzymatic Q is a big deal. Achieving a high Q is pretty much the mandate of evolution toward complexity. See Freeman Dyson's little monograph "Origins of Life" from 1985. Interfering effects would tend to lower system Q, but now that we can examine the Swiss cheese in nanoscopic detail, I'm not surprising to find a few little green men hammocking in the bubbles.

Broadly, however, there would be considerable surprise if this was pervasive on the same scale as innate genetic expression mechanisms. If not, the co-evolutionary factor is far greater than anyone has yet surmised (zen spewing potheads excluded).

Re:not my field.... (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475220)

That's a pretty vacuous statement. You could say that about pretty much every material thing.
"Cars are made of chemicals, trees are made of chemicals. Should we be surprised when a car crashes into a tree it sometimes knocks it over?"
How about "Gold is a chemical, helium is a chemical. Put them together and ....nothing happens."

no problem (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474748)

I eat lot of junk food, so only my junk dna is affected. And my sweatpants don't fit anymore. But that's ok; my virtual girlfriend still says I look good.

Re:no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474858)

ROFL... that made me chuckle.

Re:no problem (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475042)

No, if you eat a lot of junk food only your junk DNA is expressed...

Re:no problem (4, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475148)

Wow, eating a lot of junk food makes your junk bigger. You heard it here first.

Re:no problem (1)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475282)

Great now someone's going to market extenze candy bars. They'll only be available in King Size obviously.

Who Knew? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474772)

Who knew the old phrase "You are what you eat" could actually be true!

Re:Who Knew? (1)

cyberzephyr (705742) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475174)

Doe's that mean that i will turn into the Ribeye i just ate?

Re:Who Knew? (2)

aXi (6533) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475670)

I think that means you are the rib-eye, all we need to find is a capable and ruthless butcher...

Re:Who Knew? (2)

mywhitewolf (1923488) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475674)

actually, you're largely what you drink (hydrogen & oxygen), followed by what you breath (oxygen, carbon and nitrogen) which makes up 96% of what you are..

Truly Remarkable (4, Interesting)

sackvillian (1476885) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474780)

This is amazing and one more nail in the coffin of our long-held dogma of genes being passed down from two parents, expressed but otherwise unaltered, then passed down to our children, all with just a little bit of mixing and mutation. From epigenetic modifications, to massive variances of stomach flora even between relatives, now to food's ability to affect our very gene expression... we've got some serious reconsidering to do about what makes us who we are.

Very cool.

Re:Truly Remarkable (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474984)

How long has it been since that was actually dogma outside of intro-level stuff(I ask by way of honest inquiry, in case somebody is familiar with the recent history of the field, not rhetorical attack)?

I am given to understand that it was at one point; but friends-of-friends in the university lab scene tell me that, while still considered to be largely ill-understood, the study of epigenetics and other subtle environment/genome interactions was a very hot area, with lots of exploratory work being done.

Re:Truly Remarkable (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475010)

I know that sometimes it is a lot to ask you to read more than just the title (which is WRONG), but, let me quote the summary for you:

they found that the microRNAs were changing gene expression, decreasing levels of a receptor that filters out LDL (bad) cholesterol. When the scientists gave mice both rice and a chemical to block the microRNAs, their levels of that receptor returned to normal

Emphasis mine--conclusion: the microRNA was not being inserted into the genome (and for anyone with any background, you'd know that RNA doesn't go into the genome anyway).

Re:Truly Remarkable (5, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475034)

It might be your long held dogma, but people in the field have long known about epigenetic changes to DNA and it's implications. We've known about mitochondrial DNA for decades, same with DNA methylation. The microRNAs are fairly new and an open field but it has been realized that the "Central Dogma" (DNA -> RNA -> Protein) has been barking up the wrong tree for some time.

TFA is interesting and rather unexpected. Small, unprotected RNA molecules aren't "supposed" to survive long outside. If this is true, if it can be repeated it might explain some of the more confusing relationships between diet, growth, cancer and other diseases. The nice thing is that this experiment should be 'relatively' easy to replicate (at least from the detail one gets in TFA - they're not using anything all that unique, weird or expensive).

Since it is such a potentially high profile experiment, the cynic in me wonders why it didn't get published in a higher profile journal. Of course, not every important discovery is published in Nature or Science, but one wonders.

Re:Truly Remarkable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475058)

A lot of things in the environment affect gene expression as well. It's all very well having a gene, but unless it is expressed, or turned on, it isn't going to do anything.

Analogous to having a method or function in your code: it wont do anything until you call it.

Re:Truly Remarkable (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475202)

This only affects the way genes are read not the way they are copied. Rice has little to do with reproduction.

Re:Truly Remarkable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475510)

So basically you're saying inbreeding is a-ok?

Re:Truly Remarkable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475658)

I think you read into it too much. I believe what they are trying to say is don't eat rice, your cholesterol will go up

Duh... (2)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474812)

This is why we have the phrase 'You are what you eat," after all.

So does this mean (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474836)

If I eat lots of chicken............ i'm going to turn into a chicken?

Re:So does this mean (1)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474886)

If I eat lots of chicken............ i'm going to turn into a chicken?

I can't eat chicken without being afraid that this is true.

Re:So does this mean (1)

dominique_cimafranca (978645) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475160)

If you eat a lot of chicken, you're going to grow boobs. That's from the hormones they inject into the chicks to make them grow fast.

Re:So does this mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475406)

I'm going to grow my boob in a yoghurt pot. I shall call it Enid.

Re:So does this mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475596)

I'm going to start feeding my girlfriend more chicken.

Eat pecs to get pecs (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475650)

Say I go to Chick-fil-A to eat more chikin, and I order a #1 (chicken breast sandwich, waffle fries, Coke Zero). Now a chicken breast is the pectoralis muscle of a chicken, so if I eat chicken pecs, will that help me build my own pecs?

Re:So does this mean (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475708)

One of my grandmothers was afraid to eat eggs more than 3 times per week in case she turned into a chicken. I have no idea where she picked up that particular thought process.

Hrm... now I wonder if it's related that I play a lazor chicken in WoW...

Re:Duh... (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475108)

I'm going to start eating cats, to make me faster and cuter. I will become the king of Quake 3, and girls.

Sorry kittehs but I must consume you for your positive attributes.

You're a vegetable, you're a vegetable (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475590)

Don't use that phrase around kids, or they might shun their vegetables for fear of turning into the next Terri Schiavo [wikipedia.org] .

Damn! More research now! (2)

killfixx (148785) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474848)

In ten years we could have scientifically proven "homeopathic" remedies.

Gene-doping through diet manipulation. Lose weight, increase brain function, increase blood flow while reducing blood pressure, even creating or discovering new gene functions. Perhaps a mutation that gives blood plasma a lubricating effect that prevents arterial plaque.

Or, for the vain men (and women) in the audience, truly reversing hair loss.

Re:Damn! More research now! (2)

elfprince13 (1521333) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475070)

You're confusing homeopathy with naturopathy (and other "alternative medicines"). http://xkcd.com/765/ [xkcd.com]

Re:Damn! More research now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475554)

I thought I'd add James Randi's explanation of homeopathy [youtube.com] , just in case the comic wasn't a clear enough reference.

Re:Damn! More research now! (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475192)

Except for a small portion of the populace, all of those things are better controlled via diet and exercise. Ultimately, if you're too lazy to take care of yourself, perhaps you shouldn't expect to live to be a hundred.

Re:Damn! More research now! (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475788)

Except for a small portion of the populace, all of those things are better controlled via diet and exercise. Ultimately, if you're too lazy to take care of yourself, perhaps you shouldn't expect to live to be a hundred.

Legitimate question: Do you really want that last 20 years? There are healthy prosperous people at 80+ but they are the exception not the rule. Is that time you spend in your youth keeping healthy going to be repaid at the end of your life with extended misery?

GMOs - become sterile (0, Troll)

locopuyo (1433631) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474852)

This is exactly why we need to be careful about GMO taking over our food. They modify them so they don't reproduce so the companies making them can keep reselling them. You are eating them. They did studies on mice and they became sterile after 3 generations. This is what GMOs are doing to humans.

Re:GMOs - become sterile (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474934)

[citation needed] [huffingtonpost.com]

So we're to believe that eating sterile food means we'll become sterile after only three generations of inbreeding? Well, gee... good thing we haven't had seedless fruits for very long, and thank goodness we haven't been breeding food to be grotesquely large, or anything like that!

Re:GMOs - become sterile (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474996)

Until GMOs consumption of infertile organisms was a small amount of the human diet. What isn't now?

Re:GMOs - become sterile (2)

JRowe47 (2459214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474980)

Who are "they" and what did "they" study and how did "they" study it? Not to be crude, but links or gtfo. Seriously, nobody cares what you think "they" said or did unless you can prove it.

GMO means a lot of different things to different people. It could mean chemically modified DNA sequences or clever breeding techniques or even simply hybridizing plants using low tech means.

Language exists to express ideas. If you don't provide clarity and context, you're wasting everyone's time.

Re:GMOs - become sterile (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475732)

Language exists to express ideas. If you don't provide clarity and context, you're wasting everyone's time.

Hrm... I need to make that into a sig file. Or an auto responder on twitter.

Re:GMOs - become sterile (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474998)

I've never bought into the GMO hysteria, but this article does make me think twice about eating it. If, say, corn, is just digested, I couldn't care less. But if the GMO's DNA will be interacting with my cells, the level of safety concern is different.

I still think most GMO's get a bad rap - people are starving and going blind because of the fear (both worse than any GMO side-effects), but those are 3rd world problems, and I have 1st world problems to worry about.

Re:GMOs - become sterile (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475264)

The reason to buy into GMO hysteria is that if something goes wrong, it can't be undone. I'm sure there are plenty of upsides, but the research needs to be done under laboratory conditions to ensure that nothing escapes into the environment where it can combine with random other genes in ways that haven't been fully considered.

Re:GMOs - become sterile (5, Informative)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475000)

Can't tell if trolling or just very ignorant. I could have modded, but I'd rather educate. First off, treating all GMOs as if they have the same traits is just stupid. There are bunches of different genes that have been inserted and potentially any gene could be used, so acting as if one trait should matter for every other one is beyond senseless. Second, the traits you're talking about were not designed for that purpose (although that was a side effect the companies no doubt considered), but rather was to prevent the flow of the genes to other people's crops (the very thing people are trying to sue Monsanto over now...they're evil bastards if they do, and evil bastards if they don't. Third, those traits are not in use anyway. Because most seed sold nowadays is hybrid seed (hybrid and GMO are different and commonly confused but not mutually exclusive things) farmers typically want to buy new seed anyway, as they have been doing long before GMOs came on the scene. Before you complain about something, might want to do some basic fact checking first. Fourth, I highly doubt the study you mention was done all that well in light of the hundreds [blogspot.com] showing no harm from GM food and the fact that the best causative mechanism for why GMO food would be inherently dangerous is...oh wait, no one has ever proposed any coherent way that could happen. Fifth, this new paper (assuming it is accurate) says nothing about GMO safety. There are thousands of genes for all sorts of stuff in every single thing you eat. I highly doubt transgenes are going to behave differently, especially considering that the only three traits currently in use (the Bt gene, an EPSP synthase gene, and viral coat protein genes) can very easily be found in non-GM food too. So basically, no, this has no relevance on genetic engineering whatsoever, but I have no doubt someone out there will cite it as such.

Sodium Benzoate (2)

apostrophesemicolon (816454) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474872)

Just a side note, a common preservative Sodium(Natrium) Benzoate (NaC6H5CO2) used in most foodstuff is long known to cause alterations in human DNA. For example, almost all brands of ketchups use this preservative.

Wikipedia: Sodium Benzoate: Safety & Health [wikipedia.org]

Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear [dailymail.co.uk]

Re:Sodium Benzoate (3, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474924)

But it comes with a free frogurt.

Never mind, that was potassium benzoate.

Re:Sodium Benzoate (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475258)

K or Na does not matter. It's the benzoate (benzoic acid anion) that matters.

I had read that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) could react with benzoate to make benzene, which is a known carcinogen.

The question in my mind is... (2)

Y.A.A.P. (1252040) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474894)

How long do these changes last?

If this were a permanent change, one would wonder why all those Southeast Asian people who consume white rice regularly don't end up with high LDL counts counts and subsequently a high per-capita rate of heart attacks.

Is this a short-lived change, like until the affected cells undergo Mitosis again (~30 mins.), or is there another food in tyhese people's diets that counteracts this genetic change?

Re:The question in my mind is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474948)

These changes are short lived but there is nothing stopping different foods with different microRNA from causing different effects, there may even be some that alter how DNA replicates which possibly could lead to long lasting effects.

I hear eating too much McDonalds has a long lasting effect.

Re:The question in my mind is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475240)

> I hear eating too much McDonalds has a long lasting effect.

people eating McDonalds on regular basis do not last long enough to see the effect.

Re:The question in my mind is... (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475666)

The outstanding thing that comes to mind for me, is that such epigenetic influence could alter embryological development.

Subtle changes in gene expression can mean the difference between being born with a penis or not. (Activation of a specific horome causes atrophy of the mulerian ducts in mammalian embryos, causing them to develop as males. Disruption of this signal during a critical period of development can cause the formation of female or ambiguous genitals, despite having a male genotype. This is just an example; there are a whole lot of time specific cellular signalling mechanisms at work in embyos. This is why thalidamide causes deformities, for instance.)

Influence from diet during gestation would have long lasting effects, even if changes to expression are temporary.

Re:The question in my mind is... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475090)

There's more to it than that because many other cultures also consume white rice (eg, latin americans) as a dietary staple and do not have the same MI rate as east asians.

Re:The question in my mind is... (1)

lkcl (517947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475112)

actually, there are people in China who are becoming allergic to rice.... which turns out to be the mono-crop mass-produced Genetically-Modified variety that is, thanks to its lower price, not only making it difficult to re-establish native varieties, but is also killing people in the process. well, i guess that solves several problems all at once, then, doesn't it.

Re:The question in my mind is... (1)

chooks (71012) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475774)

The book "The Windup Girl" takes this idea of GM foods and their impact in the future to an extreme end. Its a great read (Sci Fi -- it won the Hugo and Nebula award). Definitely worth the read if you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories based on crop gene manipulation....

Frist psOt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474928)

Of the 0ld gOing NIGGER community

News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474976)

I thought we knew this for years. I remember reading about this in the late 1980s in Popular Science. The same issue also talked about prions and other fuctup stuff, like spongiform encephalitus (before all the hipster cows made it popular).

Re:News? (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 2 years ago | (#37474992)

I'm pretty sure I saw that one too. When I was 8, I had a subscription to both PS and Ranger Rick.

th1s isn goatsex (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37474988)

and abrOad 7or

"you are what you eat" (1)

lkcl (517947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475012)

such a trite, annoying phrase... yet, even more annoyingly, it damn well turns out to be true! i remember seeing this mural, done by some ayurvedic indian guru thousands of years ago. it depicted a tiger mauling its prey violently, and eating it. underneath was an obese man, mouth open and wide-eyed in the same expression as the tiger. i thought at the time, "yes very interesting" and really didn't give it much more thought. yet here we are, in 2011, and "modern science" now backs up "ancient wisdom" yet again. how annoying.

Wait, rice is bad for you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475030)

This is a Chinese study saying rice is bad for you?

Or is it only "white" rice?

I only eat brown rice anyway but still, this seems odd. Are they trying to make a case for everyone to eat McDonald's or what?

Re:Wait, rice is bad for you? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475238)

They're not trying to make a *case* for anything, I'd guess. They studied some phenomena and found some interesting heretofore unknown behavior and reported it.

Genetic-Modified Foods (1)

lkcl (517947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475088)

so tell me... why is Genetic Modification of food allowed? what's a direct consequence of introducing or removing genes from food that we eat? (answer: RTA). so how are we to know that Genetic Modified food will not have unintended consequences, as a direct result of the removal or insertion of genes that would otherwise never have gotten there?

it's been shown years ago that gut bacteria adopt the genetically-modified soya bean genes into their own RNA. what happens when someone decides to "leverage" food crops to produce drugs, and those accidentally cross-pollinate with the world's food supply? that would be an incredibly stupid and irresponsible thing to do, right? oh wait - i see it's already been implemented. complete insanity, and this research goes to show how much is being put at risk: our lives.

Re:Genetic-Modified Foods (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475116)

Because the same people that own mega-agriculture own mega-pharmaceutical creating a never ending cycle of profits.

Re:Genetic-Modified Foods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475122)

O noooes.. Imagine what will happen if a gene randomly mutates. Or worse, imagine the consequences of a gene transmitted from a wild relative of wheat that entered your bread by...wait for it...SEX!

We should stop eating anything with DNA immediately!

Your arguments are rubbish.

And yes, I am a plant biologist.

Re:Genetic-Modified Foods (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475584)

Well then do it. Create a drug producing plant and get it to cross pollinate purely by chance.

Put up or shut up.

Re:Genetic-Modified Foods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475616)

so tell me... why is Genetic Modification of food allowed?

Because we have this thing called science. And Science demonstrates the safety or harm of things.

Selective breeding over generations is GM (5, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475620)

so tell me... why is Genetic Modification of food allowed?

Selective breeding over generations is genetic modification, and it's been going on for the past four millennia. Did you mean " recombinant genetic modification"?

what happens when someone decides to "leverage" food crops to produce drugs, and those accidentally cross-pollinate with the world's food supply?

Patent lawsuits like Monsanto v. Schmeiser.

You taste like a burger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475152)

I don't like you anymore.

Tobacco and Addiction... (1)

IonOtter (629215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475156)

I wonder if this will have relevant effects on research into addiction to nicotine and other drugs? Such as the addiction to those drugs possibly being written into our genes?

Victor Buono, "Heavy" (2)

Sooner Boomer (96864) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475214)

A Fat Man's Prayer:

Lord, my soul is ripped with riot,
Incited by my wicked diet.
"We are what we eat!" said a wise old man;
And Lord, if that's true, I'm a garbage can.
I want to rise on Judgment Day, that's plain;
But at my present weight, I'll need a crane.
So grant me strength, that I may not fall,
Into the clutches of cholesterol.
May my flesh with carrot-curls be sated,
That my soul may be poly-unsaturated.
And show me the light, that I may bear witness,
To the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
And at oleomargarine I'll never mutter,
For the road to Hell is spread with butter.
And cream is cursed; and cake is awful;
And Satan is hiding in every waffle.
Mephistopheles lurks in provolone;
The Devil is in each slice of baloney;
Beelzebub is a chocolate drop;
And Lucifer is a lollipop.
Give me this day my daily slice,
But cut it thin and toast it twice.
I beg upon my dimpled knees;
Deliver me from jujubes.
And when my days of trial are done,
And my war with malted milks is won,
Let me stand with the heavenly throng
In a shining robe - size 44 long.
I can do it, Lord, if you'll show to me
The virtues of lettuce and celery;
If you'll teach me the evils of mayonnaise,
The sinfulness of Hollandaise.
Of Pasta a la Milannaise,
Potatoes a la Lyonnaise.
And crisp-fried chicken from the South,
Lord, if you love me, shut my mouth.

Re:Victor Buono, "Heavy" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475558)

Now I'm hungry :-(

So it all finally makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475224)

The food you eat can change your genes. Presumably, if you eat bad food it will have negative genetic effects. THIS must be the reason the average American holds their present stereotype.

In other news: (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475330)

Genes are made out of what you eat!

Going to wait for other labs to confirm this. (2)

Guppy (12314) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475422)

I'm going to have a hard time believing this, until we get a couple more labs to replicate the findings.

Just about every animal on earth, including us, produces copious amounts of RNAse, an enzyme that shreds RNA molecules. And while most enzymes are rather fragile, RNAse is unusally robust -- you can boil some RNAses for hours, and they will retain their activity. They're everywhere, on your skin, in your body -- and it's a pain in the butt when you're working with RNA (you put RNAse inhibitors in everything to keep them from chewing up your material).

It's almost as if it were being produced as some kind of defense mechanism against... hmm....

Really? How is this new news? (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475636)

Gene expression is controlled by the environment, we've known that for decades. See Bruce Lipton.

I guess it's good to see it mainstreamed. I just wonder what people with complete faith in genes believed activated genes.

I tHank you for your time (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37475660)

Tops responsibility get tough. I hope of Jordan HUbbard declined in market

Two questions, one criticism. (2)

conspirator23 (207097) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475672)

1. Do populations that eat significantly more rice have significantly different LDL levels?
2. If not, are those populations less sensitive to the effects?

And just to mention here, why call it "white" rice in the summary? Same genes, whole grain or not. TDA doesn't suggest that white rice puts more microRNA into the bloodstream. It doesn't make a distinction anywhere.

.hmmm. (1)

conspirator23 (207097) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475688)

Er, TFA..

But Remember: (2)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 2 years ago | (#37475798)

GMO's are harmless and good for you.
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