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The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.

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A particularly voracious and aggressive predator, Dikerogammarus villosus preys on a range of invertebrates and young fish,sometimes causing their local extinction

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One of Britain's most dangerous invasive species, the so-called "killer shrimp", which destroys a wide range of water life, has started to spread across the country in a development described as "potentially disastrous".

A particularly voracious and aggressive predator, Dikerogammarus villosus preys on a range of invertebrates and young fish,sometimes causing their local extinction

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Norovirus found in oysters

More than three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, research has found.

Low levels of the virus, which causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, were found in 52% of the positive samples, according to the data.

76% of UK oysters contain norovirus says research

More than three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, new research has found.

Simple pleasures: 'I hate it when people tart food up in a way that is very fake', says Myhrvold

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My earliest food memory... Cooking Thanksgiving dinner in Seattle when I was nine years old. I might have helped my mother make cookies before, but that was the first time I discovered you could actually cook whole [meals] and there were books that would tell you how to do it. I did the whole thing myself – the turkey, the stuffing, the potatoes, the cranberry sauce... The reaction to it was reasonably positive, though by my standards now, it wasn't very good.

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