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    Default New Genes IDd in Obesity: How Much of Weight is Genetic?

    Alexandra Sifferlin
    July 19, 2013

    Two studies zero in on DNA-based drivers of weight. Is obesity written in our genes?


    In two separate papers, published in the journal Science and in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), researchers describe new genetic factors that could explain weight gain in some people. In the Science study, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital studying mice found a rare genetic mutation that prevented the animals from burning off fat calories. They also found the same gene was mutated in a group of obese people. And a team based at University College London reported in JCI that a specific form of a gene previously linked to obesity, FTO, can increase craving for high-fat foods.

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    Default Re: New Genes IDd in Obesity: How Much of Weight is Genetic?

    'a rare genetic mutation that prevented the animals from burning off fat calories.' Unfortunately, obesity is not rare.

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    Right. Most people can't blame their genes!
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    Genetics loads the gun; environment pulls the trigger.

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