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Bone density may be determined in the gut

Gut-derived serotonin regulates bone growth in mice

11:20am, November 26, 2008

Serotonin produced in the gut may have a major role in bone formation. Too much of the gut-derived hormone in mice leads to weak bones, while too little causes  bones to be too dense, a new study shows. The results, published in the Nov. 28 Cell, may lead to new treatments for  bone diseases, such as osteoporosis.

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