Researchers turn off weight gene in mice - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/3/09

Researchers turn off weight gene in mice

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Scientists at the University of Michigan say they have been able to turn off a certain gene in mice, which then causes them to become immune to gaining weight.  The mice also had a lower risk for diabetes and chronic inflammation.

The theory is that since obesity is linked to inflammation, turning off this gene disrupts the process of inflammation.  Instead of exercising more or eating less, researchers say these mice generate more heat and burn more calories that way.  All of this cutting edge research sounds great, especially if you'd be able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight, but these studies are still skinny, and need more weight before they can lead to new therapies involving humans.

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