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Fatty Findings

Genes that regulate fat may affect a variety of diseases

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1:44pm, April 10, 2001

America's battle of the bulge is not going well. A recent report suggests that 61 percent of U.S. adults–almost 108 million people–are overweight and, therefore, are at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

These diseases are chronic and complex, and they're leading causes of death in the developed world. Imagine, then, how exciting it has been in recent years for researchers–and drug companies–as they have discovered a single family of proteins with pivotal roles in obesity, diabetes, hear

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