Videos

Jul 19, 2013 12:02 PM by Marissa Torres

Could there be a 'skinny' gene?

A study in mice reveals a gene that could explain why some people quickly pack on pounds -- and others can eat what they want without consequence.

Researchers at Boston Children's hospital identified a gene that controls how quickly calories are burned. They found mice without the gene gained more weight than those that had the gene intact -- even though they ate the same amount of food.

The only way to keep those mice at a normal weight was to feed them ten to fifteen percent less than the other mice.

As adults, the mice with the deleted gene developed monstrous appetites.

So far one human, a severely obese child, has been found to have the same gene mutation.

 

»Comments

More News

Colorado
Story Photo

5 minutes ago

Adams Cafe on the move

Adams Mountain Cafe makes its move this week after floods damaged the popular eatery the last two summers. But the move has...

National
Story Photo

1 hour ago

Soldier's remains return

After a decades-long mystery, the family of a World War II soldier finally has some closure. Army Sgt. William Carneal, who disappeared...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4