Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Researchers discover "Skinny" gene

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have discovered a gene that keeps worms and mice slim and trim. They have found that the gene called Adipose (Adp) is present in fat tissue and keeps animals slim by its increased activity. Animals that do not have this gene become fat and obese.

The adipose gene is like a volume control knob that can be turned up or down along the weight spectrum. "If you turn up its function, you get skinny, and if you turn down its function, you get fat," Dr. Jonathan Graff, who directed the research, said in a telephone interview.

I hope the researchers can find a way to turn up the function of this Adipose gene in human. Then, all of us can be skinny without doing lots and lots of exercises... hahahahaha.... No need for diet anymore.... hahahahahaha.... All diet pills companies will go Chapter 11... hahahahaha... :D

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