Corbion has announced a $20 million "stalking horse" purchase agreement with TerraVia, after TerraVia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Corbion said the acquisition would help the company provide algae-based fatty acid protein products for the aquaculture industry without the need for fish-derived omega-3 DHA.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has finished reviewing its backlog of more than 600 new chemicals as required by Toxic Substances Control Act reform. This is good news, though "there is still work to be done to completely clear the backlog and prevent it from reoccurring," said Jon Corley of the American Chemistry Council.
The food preservatives butylhydroxytoluene and tributyltin, commonly found in breakfast cereal and seafood, respectively, as well as the polymer perfluorooctanoic acid, used in cookware, may disrupt the hormones responsible for appetite control by interfering with endocrine function, a new study has found. Scientists grew human epithelium tissue and neuronal tissues to test how the hormone disruptors interfered with signaling functions and damaged mitochondria involved in metabolism.
Women who were exposed to famine as a fetus or infant are at a 50% higher risk of developing dyslipidemia as adults, increasing their chance of coronary heart disease, according to a study. The researchers noted that favoritism toward males may explain why women were disproportionately affected later in life compared with other populations that experienced food shortages.
A commercial cultivation of Camelina sativa genetically modified with marine microbes can produce the omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, leading to higher seed oil storage. The researchers say the findings, which also demonstrate their ability to lower omega-6 content of seeds, proves their cultivar is viable for field use and competitive with the nutritional profile of fish oils.
A team of researchers has discovered the self-assembly behavior of DNA can be applied to personal care products to increase hydration and correct UV damage. The study examined UV irradiation-induced DNA lesions and found that transparent, crystalline DNA films formed during self-assembly can cut transmittance of UVC and UVB light by as much as 90%, and UVA light by 20%, while slowing water evaporation.
JAOCS article of the month: Structured lipids for infant nutrition
"Lipids in human milk are the predominant energy source for infants, and they are extremely important in infant growth and development," says JAOCS Editor-in-Chief James Kenar. In the JAOCS article of the month, selected by Kenar, Neşe Şahin Yeşilçubuk and Casimir C. Akoh at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey and The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, respectively, examine recent developments to prepare structured lipids that are intended for infant nutrition. The review examines the composition of human milk fat, the role that different types of fatty acids play in infant nutrition, and biotechnological strategies to incorporate these important dietary fatty acids into a structured lipid. The article is available for free download until Oct. 14.
AOCS China Section to host meeting on oilseeds and co-products
The inaugural AOCS China Section Congress on Oilseeds and Co-products will be held Nov. 10-12, in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. Abstracts are now being accepted for oral and poster presentations, with a deadline of Sept. 30. Find out how to register and submit an abstract online today for the first-ever meeting of the AOCS China Section.
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