Genes tied to body mass set point

Genes may help determine why some mice (and perhaps people) become obese when eating a sugar- and fat-laden diet

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:19 PM January 25, 2013

Genes may help determine why some mice (and perhaps people) become obese when eating a sugar- and fat-laden diet, while others can, to a certain extent, fend off the extra pounds. Working with about 100 types of mice, Aldons Lusis of UCLA and colleagues found that most strains gained weight when fed a high-fat, high-sucrose diet, but stopped gaining weight after a few weeks on the high-calorie diet. Only a few strains continued to pack on body fat over the course of the eight-week experiment...

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