The GeneticHealth team have recently completed their analysis work on the latest two genes reported to contribute to obesity (The FTO gene) and to early onset type1 diabetes ( TCF7 gene.).
The Fat Gene (FTO gene)
A gene that contributes to obesity has been identified for the first time, promising to explain why some people easily put on weight while others with similar lifestyles stay slim.
People who inherit one version of the gene rather than another are 70 per cent more likely to be obese, British scientists have discovered. One in six people has the most vulnerable genetic make-up and weighs an average 3kg more than those with the lowest risk. They also have 15 per cent more body fat.
Top News stories from the UK
Times online: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article1647517.ece
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/13/nfat13.xml
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