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Bang and Dyerberg’s omega-3 discovery turns fifty

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Fig. 1: Fieldwork.

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The authors wish to thank J. Dyerberg for permission to reprint the photograph in Fig. 1, and A. Bernasconi (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3) for providing the PubMed data for Fig. 2.

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W.S.H. wrote the first draft and then P.C.C., D.M. and C.N.S. made substantive edits.

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W.S.H. holds an interest in OmegaQuant Analytics, LLC, a laboratory that offers omega-3 blood testing. D.M. reports research funding from the National Institutes of Health, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation; personal fees from Acasti Pharma, America’s Test Kitchen, Barilla, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Danone, GOED, and Motif FoodWorks; scientific advisory board, Beren Therapeutics, Brightseed, Calibrate, DayTwo (ended June 2020), Elysium Health, Filtricine, Foodome, HumanCo, January Inc., Perfect Day, Season, and Tiny Organics; and chapter royalties from UpToDate; all outside the present work. P.C.C. has received research funding from BASF and acts as a consultant to BASF, Smartfish, DSM, Cargill, Danone/Nutricia and Fresenius-Kabi. C.N.S. reports no competing interests.

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Harris, W.S., Calder, P.C., Mozaffarian, D. et al. Bang and Dyerberg’s omega-3 discovery turns fifty. Nat Food 2, 303–305 (2021).

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