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image: FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics

FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics

By Kerry Grens | August 29, 2017

The agency raided one that was using a stem cell-smallpox vaccine combo, and sent a warning to another to obey best practices.

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image: Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity

Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity

By Kerry Grens | November 16, 2015

In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.

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Adding Padding

By Karen Zusi | November 1, 2015

Adipogenesis in mice has alternating genetic requirements throughout the animals’ lives.

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image: Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link

Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link

By Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan, and Laura W. Bowers | November 1, 2015

Obese people are at higher risk for developing cancer, have worse prognoses once diagnosed, and are often resistant to chemotherapy regimens. The question is, Why?

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A Complex Disorder

By Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan, and Laura W. Bowers | November 1, 2015

Factors that likely contribute to obesity include disruptions to intercellular signaling, increased inflammation, and changes to the gut microbiome.  

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Warming Up to Brown Fat

By Kerry Grens | October 8, 2015

Scientists know how to turn on these fat-combusting cells. Can these energy burners be used to combat obesity?

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image: Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat

Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat

By Kerry Grens | August 7, 2015

Following extreme trauma, patients’ adipose samples have revealed—for the first time in humans—that white fat can be converted into energy-burning brown fat.

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image: Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells

Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells

By Ashley P. Taylor | July 16, 2015

The origins of adipocytes have been hotly debated, but a human study supports the idea that the bone marrow takes part. 

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image: The Dark Side of Light

The Dark Side of Light

By Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015

Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.

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image: Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice

Fat Injection Slims Obese Mice

By Kerry Grens | April 7, 2015

Transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.

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