Re­mov­ing the gene

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

It sounds too good to be true, but a novel ap­proach al­low­ing 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, they failed to gain weight, even af­ter gorg­ing on high fat foods for pro­longed pe­ri­ods.

The in­ter­na­tional team be­hind the study are hope­ful a sim­i­lar ap­proach that in­hibits this gene could be ef­fec­tive in hu­mans to com­bat obe­sity and se­ri­ous dis­eases like di­a­betes.

The study was led by Flin­ders Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor Damien Keat­ing.

‘‘We know a lot of peo­ple strug­gle to lose weight or even con­trol their weight for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent rea­sons,’’ he said.

‘‘The find­ings in this study could mean de­vel­op­ing a pill which would tar­get the func­tion of RCAN1 and may re­sult in weight loss.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.