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This is even more true than was realized. They are now discovering that some genetic material from our food can leak into our blood and affect how our own genes function.

[www.sciencedaily.com]

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2011) — In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang's group at Nanjing University present a rather striking finding: that plant miRNAs could make into the host blood and tissues via the route of food intake. Moreover, once inside the host, they can elicit functions by regulating host "target" genes and thus regulate host physiology.

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The finding is obviously very thought-provoking; for instance, it would indicate that in addition to eating "materials" (in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, etc), you are also eating "information" (as different miRNAs from distinct food sources could well bear different consequences on the regulation of host physiology once taken by the host due to potential regulation of different target genes as determined by the "information" contained within the miRNA sequence), thus providing a whole new dimension to "You are what you eat."

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[www.livescience.com]

How much does what we eat influence our bodies? Of course, the amount of fat, sugar or proteins we take in can influence our weight, but new research is suggesting that special compounds in plants could change how our bodies use our genes and proteins.

Called microRNAs, these compounds are the movers and shakers of our cells, as scientists have found they turn up and down levels of human proteins. However, until now scientists thought these chemicals were only made and used inside our bodies, but new research shows that microRNAs from plants can enter the human body.

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The study was published Tuesday (Sept. 20) in the Nature journal Cell Research.



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Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
-- C. G. Jung
Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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Re: We are what we eat? 117 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 23:42
Re: We are what we eat? 113 Aine 12-Jan-12 15:24
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 158 debraregypt 10-Jan-12 22:57
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 125 Aine 11-Jan-12 14:12
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 152 NetWorkAngel 11-Jan-12 23:02
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 162 carolb 11-Jan-12 23:29
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 133 NetWorkAngel 12-Jan-12 00:10
Re: We really are what we eat! 102 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 04:03
Re: We really are what we eat! 124 comptogf 23-Jan-12 19:55
Re: We really are what we eat! 131 Nolondil 27-Jan-12 03:06
Re: We really are what we eat! 163 comptogf 31-Jan-12 20:16
Re: We really are what we eat! 125 Nolondil 02-Feb-12 00:02
ancient hybridizing and cultivation 133 drrayeye 12-Jan-12 11:38
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 comptogf 13-Jan-12 18:16
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 drrayeye 13-Jan-12 22:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 14-Jan-12 11:19
Climate change and the advent of agriculture worldwide 150 drrayeye 15-Jan-12 19:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 150 Aine 14-Jan-12 19:56
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 Nolondil 16-Jan-12 02:51
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 16-Jan-12 05:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 124 drrayeye 17-Jan-12 00:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 146 Nolondil 18-Jan-12 00:10
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 Aine 19-Jan-12 14:54
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