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Oocytes and Obesity

By | February 10, 2015

Eggs from excessively overweight mothers suffer mitochondrial damage that can be averted with pharmacological intervention, a mouse study finds. 

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Drug Stimulates Brown Fat

By | January 28, 2015

A small study finds that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and the activity of thermogenic brown fat in men.

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Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat

By | January 15, 2015

Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.

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Drug Spurs Digestion

By | January 6, 2015

A new drug shows promise as a weight-loss solution in mice, prompting the animals to burn calories in the absence of a meal.

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Gene x Environment x Time

By | January 5, 2015

A common genetic variant increases the risk of obesity only in people born after 1942, a study shows.

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Taming Bushmeat

By | January 1, 2015

Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.

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Bats Make a Comeback

By | December 22, 2014

Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.

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Obesity Linked to Shorter Life

By | December 5, 2014

Excess body weight can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years, according to a new modeling study.

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Along Came a Spider

By | December 1, 2014

Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.

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A Race Against Extinction

By | December 1, 2014

Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.

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