Genetically Engineered Beer Could Combat Cancer

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beer-ladies.jpgI have copied the headline of this post directly from Wired Gadget Lab because it’s the best words I’ve ever read. I haven’t even looked at the rest of the piece but I know I’m going to write about it already. Hang on, let me see what it’s all about…

…yes, as suspected, all very good news. A substance known as resveratrol has been found to extend the lifespans of middle-aged mice and keep their hearts healthy too, and it’s now hoped the same stuff can work its magic on human beings. The trick is, and obviously we’re all very upset by this, that resveratrol is made more potent by putting it in beer. What a shame.

As it goes, it would work with wine too but you’d have to drink half a bottle of the stuff every day for the benefits which, come to think of it, doesn’t sound too bad. Still, if it fights off cancer, I might be willing to spend the rest of my life lightly sozzled.

Anyway, the upshot is that over at Rice Uni, TX, they’re attempting to home-brew some of this genetically engineered tipple and in a few year’s time we could all be going down the boozer for healthy jar or two. Now this is the kind of medical trial I’d be happy to sign up for.

(via Wired)

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