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Monday, January 23, 2006

The Tobacco Industry is Racist. 

Or at least, tobacco is. You see, it seems that black and white teenagers metabolize nicotine differently, with important implications for smoking cessation programs. African-American teens metabolized the nicotine from cigarettes significantly more slowly than white teens, but it is not clear why. I'm always so fascinated by studies like this because it just seems so odd that there would be such differences; I wonder if there is any data on mixed-race patterns?

Unrelatedly, another new study indicates that the malaria parasite may develop in the lymph nodes, not just in the liver as previously supposed. Tricksy, Plasmodium, very tricksy...

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