Technology can be helpful and scary at the same time. Technology did always change the way we live and deal with our problems. Perhaps the future of weight loss industry will also be changed in the coming 30 years with this recent research. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that a single gene might be the reason behind your weight gain.
If you ever have a friend who just seem to remain thin although he or she doesn’t really exercise or watch their caloric intake then your friend may be one of few people who have the ‘skinny’ gene in their bodies. The gene is called adipose and it will tell your body whether to store or to burn the fat.
Scientists did some throughout experiments involving cells, flies and mice. First they tried to delete the adipose presence in a cell and the cell quickly became a ‘fat cell’ because the cell accumulated fat droplets. Then the scientists observed flies which have the ‘skinny gene’, and the flies that happened to have the skinny gene were thinner than other flies. Their latest experiment was to try analyzing the effect of this gene in mammals which are very identical to humans in metabolism (mice). The mice which were given adipose stimulant ate same or much more food than the normal mice but they were thinner and had better control on insulin.
Clearly we can see where this research will be heading to. It won’t be long before they are finally able to inject this gene stimulant into human body. When the first appetite suppressant was invented, the idea of artificially suppress your appetite was sickening. But over time, appetite suppressant pills have become very popular.
Perhaps it’s just me but I found the idea of artificially modify our gene is horrible. People are always looking for a quick solution and when this ‘skinny gene’ is ‘available for sale’; I’ve no doubt that it will become a big hit. I hope that technology won’t change much about the way we deal with weight problem. Do you think the idea of injecting your body with gene is revolting?
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center
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