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Comment: Re:How are microbes heritable? (Score 1) 297

by oDDmON oUT (#48352085) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Your prediction would depend on another "one-size-fits-all" solution and as big Pharma is finding out, due to only testing prescription drugs on a select subset of the population, it just ain't true.

In fact, the case has already been made that formula â breast milk, in any way, shape or form.

Comment: Re:How are microbes heritable? (Score 2) 297

by oDDmON oUT (#48349265) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

In normal birth (vs. C-section), there's a fair amount of mess involved, much of it from Mom. So in that sense she's inadvertently passing on heritable and beneficial microbiota.

We, in our wisdom, tend to try and tidy things up too much and so may have set our progeny up for later failure.

The same attitude was prevalent about breastfeeding in the last century (don't do it, just buy our formula and keep those ta-ta's perky).

Comment: DST - An Irrational Pain (Score 2) 613

by oDDmON oUT (#48290545) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Studies have concluded DST is more expensive than standard time in energy costs (http://www.nber.org/papers/w14429.pdf), the last rule change, extending it by another month was estimated to have cost the US between $550M and $1B and may adversely affect accidents and medical conditions.

Do away with the time shift and set it to standard permanently, or set it to saving time, but stop the incessant back and forth, it's just plain silly.

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