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Spice it up!

Make low fat food interesting with a dash of herbs and a sprinkle of spice, write SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR.

Probiotics to the fore

The health benefits of probiotics were known thousands of years ago in countries of the Middle East where fermented milk was consumed for digestive upsets. Eli Metchnikoff, the 1908 Nobel Prize winner for his work on the immune system, suggested that people should consume sour milk to slow down the process of ageing.

DNA advance by Chemistry Dept

The Chemistry Department is now able to accurately and speedily identify bacteria that causes food poisoning and water contamination through DNA tests.

Better bandages on the way

For all the emphasis placed on technology by the American armed forces, until recently, dressing the wounds of soldiers had advanced little in hundreds of years.

Incentives to boost fisheries sector

The Government has set up a Business Development Centre to facilitate investments in technology-related areas and spur growth in the fisheries sector, said Agriculture Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi.

Mad about mussels

Mussels have become big business since the beginning of the 20th century when the truck was invented allowing this shellfish to reach markets further and further away. Today, mussels are farmed in huge numbers and the business has evolved into a substantial high-tech industry.

Feline fragrance

FEMALE cheetahs at the Bronx Zoo in New York just love Calvin Klein#8217;s Obsession for Men. No, they don#8217;t dab their favourite perfume behind their ears, but they do enjoy rubbing up against tree stumps sprayed with it.

Shellfish shopping

Eating smart #8211; you#8217;ve got lots of healthy choices when it comes to shellfish, write SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR.

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Cleanup of another kind

THE oystermen of the Bay of Arcachon in Cap-Ferret, France, like to call themselves #8220;farmers of the sea,#8221; working their crops in the middle of this quiet bay on the Atlantic coast of France.