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Researchers Find A Gene For Obesity

Just what we always wanted: a empirical reason why we binge-eat that isn't our fault.<p>Researchers at the University of Copenhagen set out on what seemed like a simple task: to find out if overeating is linked to any genetic difference. Four years and 1,200 pigs later (yeah, we'll get to that), they …

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Metabolism gene mutations can cause childhood obesity, find scientists

Scientists have discovered that defects in a single gene can cause a rare but severe form of obesity by disrupting the body's ability to burn calories.<p>The study is the first to show that genetics can play a role in what many had long suspected: that some people put on weight more easily than others …

Mutations In A Metabolism Gene Could Predispose Some People To Severe Obesity

It's no secret that some people put on weight faster than others. But for the first time, scientists have identified a gene that is responsible for metabolism, or the rate at which a person's body burns calories. And for some people who have been obese since they were children, that particular gene …

Genetic mutation provides clues to battling childhood obesity

As the number of children battling obesity continues to grow, researchers are racing to identify causes and possible interventions. Now, a new paper …