30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life'
An ancient virus has "come back to life" after lying dormant for at least 30,000 years, scientists say.It was found frozen in a deep layer of the Siberian permafrost, but after it thawed it became infectious once again.The French scientists say the contagion poses no danger to humans or animals, but other viruses could be unleashed as the ground becomes exposed.Continue Reading
Increasing Global Homogeneity in Food Consumption Causes Serious Threats to Human Health and Food Security
The worldwide spread of a ‘standard globalized diet’ is putting more food on the dinner table, but at the expense of the cultivation and consumption of many local crops. Therefore this global uniformity heightens the risk of food crises. This is shown in a comprehensive study of global food supplies published by Colin Khoury, PhD-candidate at Wageningen University and scientist at the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of CGIAR. Human diets around the world have grown more similar by a global average of 36 percent over the last five decades. This trend shows no signs of slowing, with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security.Continue Reading
At least 481 people in 25 states have been found sickened in the national Salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms brand chicken, according to the latest outbreak update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the last update on January 16, 51 new cases have been reported from five states: Arizona (3),... Continue Reading