Improving nature’s most perfect food

by Gene on Nov. 13th, 2008

Students at Rice University are attempting to brew beer that contains resveratrol, a chemical that lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. They plan to genetically engineer yeast, which is used in fermentation, to produce the chemical.

No word on how one can sign up to be a test subject.

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JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Wait a second... I thought you said this was nature's most perfect food.

I suppose they can both get people pretty riled up, but it's nice to hear that at least one of them could be good for us. eventually.

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 4:41pm
curious's picture
curious says:

yep, that's just want we need, a "good-healthy" reason to consume beer and alcohol...hey while we are at it, why dont't we just make drunk driving legal since making beer genetically heart healthy we will sell and increase the number of consumers!

ok, maybe a little too much sarcasm there, but still...just my reaction.

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 5:11pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

That's a reasonable reaction, although I don't think thoughts of health really enter into the equation when someone is drinking to get drunk.

We've known for a while now that red wine, in moderation, is probably good for your heart, but I don't think that revelation has spawned thousands of health nut winos. Likewise, you can purchase organic beer now (and I know that "organic" doesn't mean "healthy," but that's a connotation many people accept), but you know what still outsells organic beer? Everything.

If scientists engineered a drink that could somehow make people drunker, or would make hangovers a thing of the past, that might increase the number of consumers. Beer being heart-healthy is probably incidental to demand, but at least it'd be good for people.

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 10:51am

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