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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

New and Old 

A new addition to my herbal/alternative medicine theme comes from another one of my favorite spices: vanilla. A predrug version of the flavor molecule, vanillin, seems to have beneficial effects in mice with sickle-cell disease. Cool beans, heh.

While our old friend vanilla does new tricks, old momma nature has more and more up her sleeve: a 22nd amino acid has been discovered. Sorry all ya'll med students: another one to memorize!
Meet you newest friend, L-pyrrolysine:

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