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News: NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre researchers reveal how ‘obesity gene’ triggers weight gain

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NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre researchers reveal how ‘obesity gene’ triggers weight gain  

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NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre researchers reveal how ‘obesity gene’ triggers weight gain  

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An international team of researchers has shown why people with a variation of the FTO gene affecting one in six of the population are 70 per cent more likely to become obese.

A new study led by NIHR Biomedical Research Centre-supported researcher Dr Rachel Batterham, and including scientists from UCL, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, shows that people with the obesity-risk FTO variant have higher circulating levels of the ‘hunger hormone’, ghrelin, in their blood. This means they start to feel hungry again soon after eating a meal. The findings paved the way for researchers to find new ways of fighting obesity.

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http://www.uclhospitals.brc.nihr.ac.uk/news/researchers-reveal-how-%E2%80%98obesity-gene%E2%80%99-triggers-weight-gain 

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16/07/2013 

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07/10/2013 

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