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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Genes: Fat and Angry 

A gene discovered by Rutgers researchers, Lipin, and its associated protein (PAP), seem to be key to fat regulation. Lack of the gene causes a loss of body fat, and more of it causes excess body fat. Potential uses for this discovery are, besides the obvious weight-loss craze (I'll take a lifetime supply of Lipin-inhibitors please), in the facial wasting symptoms suffered by HIV/AIDS patients.

Another gene, which is related to aggressive behavior in men seems also to lead to weakened impulse control and increased alarm responses. But, the men were only really more prone to violence if they'd been abused as children.

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