This week’s Feedback column (that I write) in New Scientist magazine has four segments. Here are bits of each of them: On the origin of carrots — Do you know where your carrot, if you have a carrot, comes from? A new study from the University of L’Aquila in Italy outlines one approach to finding out. “It […]
Carrots, carrots, carrots, in a rabbit
Having looked at a case of too much carrot in a man, let us now peruse a rabbit: “Hyperostotic polyarthropathy in a rabbit‐a suspected case of chronic hypervitaminosis A from a diet of carrots,” J. L. Frater, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 79, no. 9, 2001, pp. 608-611. The author, at the Unviersity of Melbourne, reports: […]
Carrots, carrots, carrots, in a man
Another slight boost for the metaphor “you are what you eat”: “Carrot man: A case of excessive beta-carotene ingestion,” Randy A. Sansone [pictured here, in black-and-white] and Lori A. Sansone, International Journal of Eating Disorders, epub March 19, 2012. The authors The authors, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, report, about their report: “In this […]
Seeing carrots under the microscope – hallucination or true perception?
We have previously wondered why some people see food when they look under the microscope. Although the reason(s) for this curious behavior may currently elude full explanation, we report a case of humans seeing carrots under the microscope: The nuclei of a predominantly childhood tumor – medulloblastoma – seem like carrots when seen under the […]