Researchers in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have proposed a “unified” way to explain the function of dietary bioactives in suppressing cancer-causing cell signaling. “Dietary bioactives are constituents in foods or dietary supplements other than those needed to meet basic human nutritional needs that are responsible for changes in health status,” explains Dr. Robert Chapkin, a distinguished professor in the college’s nutrition and food science department.
A group of graduate students in the lab have made discoveries about a unique class of dietary bioactives and their impact on dysfunctional cell signaling that can lead to cancer. They have demonstrated that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, as well as curcumin, found in turmeric, are in a unique class of dietary bioactives that we have termed membrane-targeted dietary bioactives.

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The Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children’s Literature award has been conferred on two books, Before We Eat: from Farm to the Table, by Pat Brisson and Mary Azarian, and The Prairie that Nature Built, by Marybeth Lorbiecki and Cathy Morrison, by the American Horticultural Society and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s International Junior Master Gardener program. The award recognizes children’s books that effectively promote an appreciation for gardening, plants and the environment. According to Randy Seagraves, Junior Master Gardener international curriculum director, in College Station, “Both are engaging read-alouds that will prompt discussion and discovery with your kids.”

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