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Findings show insulin -- not genes -- linked to obesity - 0 views

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have uncovered new evidence suggesting factors other than genes could cause obesity, finding that genetically identical cells store widely differing amounts of fat depending on subtle variations in how cells process insulin.

    Learning the precise mechanism responsible for fat storage in cells could lead to methods for controlling obesity.

    "Insights from our study also will be important for understanding the precise roles of insulin in obesity or Type II diabetes, and to the design of effective intervention strategies," said Ji-Xin Cheng, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry.

    Findings indicate that the faster a cell processes insulin, the more fat it stores.
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