Rogue ‘fat gene’ discovered


Oxford University’s genetics team has confirmed the existence of genetic variants, which specifically affect weight and fat mass.


This rogue DNA is apparently carried by more than a third of the population and can seriously increase a person’s chances of being overweight, obese or finding weight-loss and dieting difficult.


It was revealed that the presence of FTO, a gene discovered last year to affect obesity, worsened the effect of the newly discovered strand of DNA, leaving those with both at a far higher risk of morbid obesity.


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