Less talking — where’s the pill?

Published May 22, 2020

Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Researchers examined the DNA of 47,000 people, looking for something the thin ones had in common. And lo and behold, they found a ‘gene for thinness.’ (Technically “genetic variants unique to thin individuals in the ALK gene.”)

They show that deleting this gene results in thinner flies and mice and find that expression of it in the brain may be involved in regulating energy expenditure.

Yeah, yeah, flies and mice — so let’s get with the human trials already. Because get this: “The researchers also found that flies and mice without ALK remained thin and were resistant to diet-induced obesity.”

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