Scientists at the University of British Columbia say they’ve discovered what they’re calling an obesity gene.
In a four-and-a-half-year study, Postdoctoral fellow Gareth Lim says the team examined the gene, which breaks down a specific protein, in mice.
Lim says when they silenced the gene in some mice, it resulted in a 50-per-cent reduction of the fat associated with obesity and heart disease.
“I think we are still quite a ways away from actually seeing whether this can be applicable to humans.”
In the future, he says it could lead to new ways of preventing obesity in humans.