Grow Vegetables, Give Your Genes A Makeover?


 You are what you eat.  Everybody who loves good food understands this instinctively.  But now, a piece in New Scientist by Ferris Jabr offers some proof.

It turns out that we don't entirely break down our food.  A study by Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University found microRNA from plants floating in the blood of people and cows. One of type of microRNA, which is particularly abundant in rice and members of the brassica family, can change gene expression in mice. 

Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 4:08 am, in the category Uncategorized.
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7 responses to “Grow Vegetables, Give Your Genes A Makeover?”

  1. Lisa, Ontario says:

    I’m not really understanding if this is good or bad.

  2. SherryFromSF says:

    Yes, and that’s why Michael Pollen’s book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, I think it was, opened with a description of how we are now “corn people”. You can look at our DNA and see corn DNA in there, because there is corn in EVERYTHING we consume! Kinda gross, isn’t it? And makes the genetically modified sweet corn all the more creepy!

  3. anne says:

    Haha, this reminds me of plantimals (just google it)!

    We shouldn’t be so surprised at this info; everything in the universe is made of the same basic stuff.

  4. Laine says:


    This link is to a summary of the research and you don’t need to register to look at it.

  5. UrsulaV says:

    As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic kohlrabi.

  6. Gardening really starts in the soil. Thinking about what goes on a microscopic, bacterial level is something most of us rarely think about, but proves time and time again to really affect the quality and abundance that our garden yields. Investing in soil inoculants means investing in the health and fertility of your soil for years to come. I think more people should be aware and this site, http://vegetablesgardens.com/, is a great resource to get all garden enthusiasts on a path toward a better and healthier harvest!

  7. The documentary Forks Over Knives delves into this idea a little deeper. Plant-based diets result in plant-supported cells. And plants rule!