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>> Monday, November 10, 2008

In an interesting article I stumbled across on Discovery, I learned that beer can be good for cancer. Don't run out to the bar just yet, though. It is a special beer created by scientists at Rice University. They have dubbed the beer BioBeer (hardly marketable if you ask me) and what they have done is spliced three genes in the yeast used by brew masters and made the yeast form resveratrol as a byproduct. If you don't recall, resveratrol is found in grape juice and red wine and is believed to aid in all kinds of age related illnesses based on various studies. The red wine news story is more popular than grape juice, however, because deep down inside we always want a better excuse to indulge.

The sad part of the news is many of the students responsible for the findings cannot appreciate the fruits of their labor as they are not yet old enough to drink. Oh the irony. The scientists and brew masters involved don't know yet if they can put a beneficial amount of resveratrol in the beer as of yet. Who knows though? The old toast of "to your health" seems to becoming more and more true these days.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


Kitt November 10, 2008 at 12:18 PM  

A bit like the search for the holy grail o' beer, it sounds like! Now if they could do the same with eggnog lattes ...

Mimi November 10, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

@ kitt... ooh. Eggnog latte sounds yummy.

Cheryl November 10, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

The benefits of adding resveratrol are obvious.....but will it catch on.....hhhmmmmm I don't know.......

Mimi November 10, 2008 at 8:29 PM  

@cheryl... People have the tendency to be afraid of what is good for them. Hopefully it will catch on. The beer though??? that is a different story.

sealaura November 10, 2008 at 9:15 PM  

HOla! Muy interesante! If the participants are prob too young to drink beer how ever did they do the research? :)

Wendy November 10, 2008 at 10:10 PM  

hahaha - just read sealaura's comment. Right on!

Mimi November 11, 2008 at 6:44 AM  

@ seaLaura and Wendy... They just measured the amount of resveratrol in the yeast after "activation and after the brewing process. I seriously doubt, however, that they didn't partake! :D

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