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Monday, January 30, 2006

Catching Fat 

Besides genetics, there seems to be at least one more possible reason for our skyrocketing obesity rates: adenoviruses. So, we have obesity as a communicable disease. This fits in with data indicating that one of the biggest rises in obesity rates is among the poor, who are generally more at-risk for disease, and with findings of other 'obesity clusters.'

Aside from yet another reason for people to deny personal responsibility for being a fat-ass, there are a number of promises inherent in the discovery. Vaccines could be created to stop the viruses spread, and, more interestingly, if we can grok how they work to make us fat, we can use that to keep people who don't have the virus thinner.

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