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Growing Nerve Cells in 3-D Dramatically Affects Gene Expression

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Growing Nerve Cells in 3-D Dramatically Affects Gene Expression

Nerve cells grown in three-dimensional environments deploy hundreds of different genes compared with cells grown in standard two-dimensional petri dishes, according to a new Brown University study. The research, spearheaded by bioengineer Diane Hoffman-Kim, adds to a growing body of evidence that lab culture techniques dramatically affect the way these cells behave.


By Brown University,USA.


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New York City’s Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Rule Should Be Upheld, Groups Urge Federal Court

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New York City’s Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Rule Should Be Upheld, Groups Urge Federal Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal court in New York should reject the state restaurant association’s attempt to strike down New York City’s new requirement that certain fast-food and other chain restaurants disclose calorie information on their menus, according to a brief submitted today by the nonprofit organizations Public Citizen and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The groups were joined in their brief by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a former FDA commissioner and a host of prestigious public health organizations and esteemed nutrition experts.


By CSPI,USA.


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Subway First to List Calories on Menu Boards in Country

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Subway First to List Calories on Menu Boards in Country

WASHINGTON—Subway is the first large chain restaurant to list calories on menu boards in its restaurants in New York City, as is required by the city’s groundbreaking menu labeling law. Though July 1 was the effective date of a regulation passed by the New York City Board of Health, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and other fast-food restaurants are refusing to comply while the industry sues the city in federal court. The pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s is also complying with the regulation and Johnny Rockets and Arby’s have submitted sample menu boards to the city. The Health Department will begin enforcing the rule in earnest in October.


By CSPI, USA.


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