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Gene that lets you eat as much as you want holds promise against obesity
It sounds too good to be true, but a novel approach that might allow you to eat as much as you want without gaining weight could be a reality in the near future. When a single gene known as RCAN1 was removed in mice and they were fed a high fat diet, they failed to gain weight, even after gorging on high fat foods for prolonged periods.
science  medicine  obesity  genetics 
6 days ago by emkay
Towards a treatment for gluten intolerance: While mutations of the ion-channel CFTR cause cystic fibrosis, its inhibition may serve as a target for addressing celiac disease
About 1 in 100 people suffer from celiac disease, but the prevalence is about three times higher in patients who also suffer from cystic fibrosis.
celiac  medicine  science  genetics 
8 days ago by emkay
Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought
Nobody is choosing partners based on how long they’ll live. As the authors of the paper sagely note, lifespan “cannot be observed until death, at which point the opportunity to mate has ended.”
science  genetics  aging 
4 weeks ago by emkay

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