Scientists from the University of Virginia have identified about 14 genes that can cause obesity.
The results of the study are published in the scientific journal PLOS Genetics.
A team of scientists led by researcher Eileen O'Rourke used the tiny worms aenorhabditis elegans to identify genes and their effect on obesity. If you feed these free-living nematodes in rotting soil with excessive amounts of sugar, they become fat.
The worms were used to test 293 genes associated with obesity in humans. As a result, scientists have identified from 17 pieces: 14 & ndash; obesity-causing, 3 & ndash; prevention.
“We expect our approach and the genes we have identified to accelerate the development of treatments that reduce the burden of obesity,” & ndash; reported by O & # 39; Rourke.