Editor’s Selections: Omega 3 fatty acids and heart disease, who writes the health news, and fungi that eat leadNovember 26th, 2010 Editor's Selections 9 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He writes about viruses at virology blog.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of naturally occurring fat molecules that are believed to prevent heart disease. When omega-3 fatty acids were given to people who already had heart disease, there was no significant difference in the rates of major heart attacks.
- Specialized health journalists write the best articles about medical news. But when money is tight, they are the first to be let go, showing that profit comes before educating the public about science.
- Microorganisms found in the soils, sediments, and waters of contaminated site have been discovered that can convert insoluble metal compounds such as lead carbonate into more soluble forms. These microbes have received much attention for their biotechnological applications, such as dissolving useful metals from metal ores.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.