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'Slimming Gene' Discovered That Regulates Body Fat, University of Bonn Study



11/23/2009 8:06:31 AM

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ScienceDaily (Nov. 22, 2009) — Scientists at the University of Bonn have discovered a previously unknown fruit fly gene that controls the metabolism of fat. Larvae in which this gene is defective lose their entire fat reserves. Therefore the researchers called the gene 'schlank' (German for 'slim'). Mammals carry a group of genes that are structurally very similar to 'schlank'. They possibly take on a similar function in the energy metabolism. The scientists therefore have hopes in new medicines with which obesity could be fought.

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