Update: According to a good work-up, there’s a very high probability this video is a hoax that just recently went viral. I blame the stout for my lack of reasonable doubt. Indeed even Yahoo news and Fox news have fallen for it. Anyway, I’ll leave this post here because the idea of lab-grown meat made from waste products is an interesting idea that has scientific merit. (Cheers to Bobster’s house)
Sorry again for the lack of activity on the blog. I am going pretty well on my thesis, thanks for asking.
Anyway, I was drinking with a couple of friends of mine who are doing their PhDs in environmental health and bioremediation the other night. Long story short, I wake up with this on my hand:
At least it wasn't a dick and balls. Picture taken by Thomas Tu
After some greasy food and coffee, I summoned enough courage to look up “shit burgers” on Google. Then it came back to me, we had been talking about a nutty bit of science where a Japanese team had created faux meat from sewage. While I’m not sure that it isn’t a hoax, here’s a video:
Staying with the non-diseasey theme…
Love intestines, but hate the smell of poop? Add coriander!
People eat some strange things. Pigs’ large intestines in the form of the soul food “chitterlings” is one of them. Unsurprisingly the cooking of faeces-containing organs releases quite an unpleasant odour. I guess this is why herbs and spices are so valued. A recent study by a Japanese group have found the a compound in coriander that neutralises the smell of boiling poop.
Strange foods at a Taiwanese night market stall, including ducks' tongues, pig's blood and beef tripe (Picture taken by Thomas Tu)
From one series to another it seems. For the next few of my posts I want to look at how the gut flora develops in infants and changes throughout life. We have mentioned the gut flora before but its role in maintaining the human condition is becoming more involved the more we look as we find that the bacterial hitch-hikers in our bellies are not simply the parasites they were once considered to be.
In this post I shall discuss the development of the gut flora in infants and its role in determining paediatric disease but in future posts I will talk about what happens when this process is altered and the adult microbiome.