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table sugar

SWEET TOOTH  Sucrose, or table sugar, is made from a mixture of fructose and glucose. The body handles these two sugar molecules differently, but new research in mice suggests the small intestine helps the liver by taking the first crack at metabolizing fructose.

researchers measuring wheat

CROP FUTURES  Experiments using circles of white pipes blowing extra carbon dioxide over crops suggest that certain nutrients may dwindle in crops grown in a carbon-enhanced future atmosphere. Here, researchers in Arizona measure the growth of wheat.

childhood obesity

GLOBAL TROUBLE  The rise in childhood obesity around the world has been especially rapid in parts of Asia.

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