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Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by FortAnthem
The fat birds may be smarter than the skinny's...but most blokes don't want to listen to a list of periodic table elements while they're shagging do they?
Scientists from Oxford and Cambridge say in their second discovery they have found new genetic variants that influence fat mass, weight and risk of obesity and increase the chances of being fat, which may explain why some people are always battling with their weight.
A team from Oxford's Genetics of Energy Metabolism (GEM) consortium and Oxford University have picked up a stretch of rogue DNA that is carried by more than a third of the population and increases the chances of becoming fat.
The research involved 77 institutions in six countries which analysed the DNA of 90,000 individuals from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Sweden.
It revealed that the effects of the rogue DNA are exacerbated by the presence of the FTO gene, discovered last year, which was the first widespread gene known to affect obesity.
They believe their discovery could explain why some people seem to effortlessly lose weight while others have a constant battle.