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Olfaction Determines Weight in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jul 5, 2017
Animals lacking a sense of smell stayed thinner than their smelling counterparts, despite eating the same amount.
Neuronal Connection Between Fat and the Brain Visualized
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 24, 2015
Researchers pinpoint the neurons within white fat tissue that mediate brain-bound leptin signaling and eventual fat breakdown.
Burn Victims Produce Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Aug 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.
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2014
See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy
Markers Distinguish “Good” from “Bad” Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 30, 2014
Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 22, 2014
Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Dan Cossins | Jul 1, 2013
Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.