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We suspect that fructose overload may be contributing to rising obesity rates. The primary source of fructose these days is high fructose corn syrup, a refined sweetener that is widely used in processed foods and beverages. Getting people to cut back on high fructose corn syrup might be an effective way to cut obesity rates. But if everyone simply replaces high fructose corn syrup with another sweetener that contains fructose, such as cane sugar, we won’t have accomplished much. That’s why I think it’s important to make sure that people don’t confuse the alleged culprit (fructose) with the most common source (high fructose corn syrup).

In this case, it’s especially easy to confuse the two because both contain the word “fructose.” But don’t be fooled: High fructose corn syrup contains roughly the same amount of fructose as cane sugar and honey. And fruit juice concentrates and agave are even higher in fructose

A proof of concept treatment using RNA interference protects monkeys against the deadly virus, even after exposure

The stewards of the land are in deep shit.

“We are supposed to be stewards of the land,” said Matthew Stoltzfus, a 34-year-old dairy farmer and father of seven whose family, like many other Amish, shuns cars in favor of horse and buggy and lives without electricity. “It is our Christian duty.”

But farmers like Mr. Stoltzfus are facing growing scrutiny for agricultural practices that the federal government sees as environmentally destructive. Their cows generate heaps of manure that easily washes into streams and flows onward into the Chesapeake Bay.

. . .When toxins, bacteria and viruses enter the body, they're eventually met by antibodies uniquely designed to recognize and remove intruders. At least, they should be. In some instances, antibodies are produced slowly or not at all, leaving foreign invaders free to circulate in the blood unchecked, spreading infection and leaving host cells open to attack.

But scientists may have come up with a solution: plastic antibodies—artificial versions of the lymphocyte-produced proteins—that work just like the real thing. . .