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Creating fat that burns calories

Researchers find a way to make energy-using brown fat from skin cells

2:21pm, July 29, 2009

Researchers have whipped up a batch of calorie-burning brown fat cells, a feat which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes, a paper published online July 29 in Nature reports.

“Brown adipose tissue is coming to the forefront of research in diabetes and obesity because its role is burning energy,” says Francesco Celi, an endocrinologist at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Md.

Unlike energy-storing white fat, brown fat burns energy. Known to keep small animals and dimply babies warm in cold temperatures, brown

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