The National Birth Defects Prevention Network and related organizations observed Folic Acid Awareness Week this week to educate the public, in particular mothers-to-be, about the role that folic acid plays in preventing congenital disabilities.
The connection between what we eat and which bacteria wind up dominating our gut is well established, but a few weeks of eating nonhabitual foods are unlikely to alter the composition of your gut bacteria significantly.
Yoshinori Ohsumi, Takeshi Noda and colleagues at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Japan discovered that the Tor protein controls the breakdown process of autophagy in yeast cells. Martin Spiering writes about their classic paper.
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