Author: Joshua Rapp Learn

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Joshua Rapp Learn started writing about beer after early experiments in homebrewing suggested he should apply his efforts elsewhere.

Scientists Sequence Complete Barley Genome News by

After more than 10 years of research, the complete barley genome has been sequenced by a consortium of researchers from 11 countries.

Bitter Promise: Hops Research Yields Clues for Cancer and Diabetes Treatment Beer and Health by

New research is opening up the possibility that the bitter elements in hops could form the basis for future diabetes and cancer treatments.

Were Wasps the Catalysts for New Beer Yeast Strains? News by

Curious how Saccharomyces pastorianus (lager yeast) came into being, microbiologist Duccio Cavalieri and entomologist Stefano Turrillazzi had a hunch that the fungi were getting some matchmaking help from wasps.

Secrets of the Stomach: New Research Seeks to Understand Precisely How Our Guts Digest Yeast Zymology by

Common ale yeast actually possesses resistant cell walls that makes it difficult to digest. New research now suggests that the principal reason our bodies are able to derive nutrients from yeast is with help from friendly bacteria that resides almost exclusively in our gut.