Scientists Transform Lettuce into ‘Superfood’

A team of Rutgers University scientists has developed a lettuce product to compete with the nutritional value of blueberries, quinoa, almonds and kale… According to information provided by Leon Segal, director of Rutgers’ Licensing and Technology Office of Technology Commercialization, the Rutgers lettuce is not that watery, flavorless sandwich topper that constitutes much of the public’s lettuce diet. Instead, the research team used tissue culture technology to create a colorful and nutritionally powerful red leaf plant they call Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce… Most important, it tastes good- at least to Rutgers professor Ilya Raskin, who led the project… With support from the National Institutes of Health, Raskin and his team from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences set out about three years ago to see how they could boost the health value of the vegetable through "nutritional breeding."

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Africa: Could Olive Oil Be Latest Weapon Against Cancer?

Following a Mediterranean diet has long been regarded as the key to a long and healthy life. And now scientists may have found one of the key reasons why… An ingredient in extra virgin olive oil, oleocanthal, kills human cancer cells without harming healthy ones, researchers found… The oleocanthal works by rupturing a part of the cancer cell called the lysosome, which acts as the cell’s waste dump, releasing proteins that cause it to die… "The lysosome is the garbage dump, or the recycling centre, of the cell," said researcher Paul Breslin, from Rutgers University in the U.S. "Once you open one of those things, all hell breaks loose. "The lysosome is isolated in the cell because it’s so toxic. If you rupture the membrane that’s compartmentalising the lysosome, the inside of it leaks out into the cell.

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Barbara O’Neill Provides Saving for College Tips Via Tweetchat Forum

iStock_000007697683XLargeOn February 19, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management Barbara O’Neill was a guest “chatter” on WiseBread, a blog for millenials about “living large on a small budget.” O’Neill emphasized in the forum that even modest savings are helpful. “Any amount of college is better than none. what U can now & ramp it up over time ,” tweeted O’Neill. The Tweetchat engaged a wide audience, involving 78 contributors, 1262 tweets, 213,972 reach and 6,587,368 impressions. Read more highlights from the Tweetchat at WiseBread.

Thawing Out for Spring – The Art of Growing!

Plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from 26 of the state’s top home horticulture experts at the 39th Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School on March 21… The expert speakers represent both commercial horticulture and landscape design firms along with faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. They will provide homeowners with the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. The lunchtime program will feature a special presentation by Peter Pascale CCC, Executive Chef at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, who will be doing a live cooking demonstration featuring local Jersey Fresh produce… They can also learn about soil health and purchase soil testing kits from the Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory…

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Olive Oil May Prevent Cancer, Study Finds

Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet and long hailed as a cardiovascular health enhancer, is now showing promise as a cancer preventive. That’s the exciting news from a recently published study in the scientific journal Molecular & Cellular Oncology… The breakthrough study, by cancer researchers Paul Breslin of Rutgers University and David Foster and Onica LeGendre of Hunter College, was conducted on cancer cell lines in a laboratory, a standard method for examining how different substances affect cancer cells.

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