One Gene Could Change How We View The Obesity Epidemic
New research points to a gene in mice that, when silenced, can cut harmful fat levels in half.By Ryan Biek | August 11, 2015
An important link between genetics and obesity has just been discovered. Researchers from the University of British Columbia say by silencing a gene that codes for a certain protein, they cut fat deposits in mice by half without changing the amount they ate.
And not just any fat — white fat, specifically the kind associated with obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
One of the researchers said, "People gain fat in two ways — through the multiplication of their fat cells, and through the expansion of individual fat cells." The protein influences both the number and size of these cells.