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  • Published
    29th Jul, 2023

Alpha-gal syndrome

Alpha-gal syndrome has been on the rise in the United States.

What is it?

  • Alpha-gal syndrome is a food allergy that causes people to become allergic to red meat and other products made from mammals.
  • The condition is developed after being bitten by the Lone Star tick.
  • The tick, found in the eastern and southern parts of the country, injects a sugar molecule known as alpha-gal into the human body through its bite.
  • This causes the immune system to develop a reaction – ranging from severe to mild – to red meat.

Seagrass

A project attempting to restore climate change fighting marine plants in Cornwall has proved a success in its first year.

What is seagrass?

  • Seagrass is a flowering marine plant that has the potential to capture carbon from the environment up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests.
  • Seagrass live in near-shore waters of most of the worlds’ continents.
  • They are the main diet of dugongs and green turtles and provide a habitat for many, smaller marine animals, some of which, like prawns and fish, are commercially important.
  • They also absorb nutrients from coastal run-off and stabilise sediment, helping to keep the water clear.
  • Seagrasses store more than twice as much carbon from planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) per square mile than forests do on land, according to a 2012 study.
  • The plants also help support fisheries and protect coasts from erosion.
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