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Scientists identify obesity gene
posted by Carrie B. Yan on 01/26/2012 12:21 PM

Paris:  British and French scientists have identified several variants of a single gene that boost the risk of obesity, according to a recent study in the British journal Nature. Previous research had shown that an extremely rare mutation in the same PCSK1 gene can, all by itself, lead to huge gains in weight, making it the only known source of so-called "monogenetic" obesity.But a team led by Philippe Froguel of Imperial College London wanted to find out if PCSK1 might lead, in combination with other genetic factors, to more complex and wide spread forms of obesity as well. When they... read more

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