Animal Research Minute – Could scientists have discovered an obesity gene?

Well, BBC News reports researchers studying mice may have discovered a genetic mutation linked to
obesity. Scientists noticed this particular genetic mutation caused a disruption between the brain and
appetite regulating hormones. Mice with this mutation didn’t receive the body’s signals telling them to
stop eating, which caused them to eat 80 percent more food than normal. Because mice and people are
genetically similar, scientists may be able to use this knowledge to develop obesity treatments for

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