Finally The Research I Have Been Waiting For

Guinness IS actually good for me! Not just a clever marketing scheme…Guinness is good for you! or Guinness for strength!… now there is scientific evidence! From the BBC:

The Wisconsin team tested the health-giving properties of stout against lager by giving it to dogs who had narrowed arteries similar to those in heart disease. They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager…The researchers told a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that the most benefit they saw was from 24 fluid ounces of Guinness – just over a pint – taken at mealtimes…They believe that “antioxidant compounds” in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

Lucky dogs! I know, I know but what does this have to do with the deep sea.  Well grab a pint, sing a shanty, and you will figure it out.  If you need something more tangible consider that my Ph.D. was in Boston, my first deep-sea meeting was in Galway, the deep-sea is black like a Guinness, several prominent Guinness ads feature sealife… coincidence? No, fate!

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

5 comments on “Finally The Research I Have Been Waiting For
  1. Who cares if it’s good for you – it tastes GREAT and that’s what really counts! Now we can enjoy without guilt. B.T.W. the new site is working heaps better. :-)

    • Thanks andrew! Great to hear it. I think the last template we were working with was just burdened by a crapload of extra code that was slowing things down.

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