Elaine Hsiao
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Elaine Hsiao

Dr. Elaine Hsiao’s work explores how our gut microbes affect our brains. Continue reading

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Food Genomes & Food Safety
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Food Genomes & Food Safety

In more than two-thirds of cases arising from food-borne illnesses, the cause of the illness is never identified. However, the Food and Drug Administration has recently been using whole genome sequencing to track down the pathogens responsible for tainted foods in an effort to thwart outbreaks. Researchers at IBM Research and Mars Incorporated are also undergoing a project to … Continue reading

Microbes & the Future
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Microbes & the Future

The vanillin (major flavor compound in vanilla beans) found in most food products on the market is derived from a three-step synthetic process that converts the molecule guaiacol to vanillin. Both natural and chemical methods for this conversion has shown to be expensive and environmentally burdensome, but biotech company Gen9 is providing a more promising route to synthesize vanillin that … Continue reading