Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity Treatment

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity Treatment

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity TreatmentA team of researchers has stumbled upon a gene in worms that triggers the feeling of fullness. Their findings herald a new treatment for people with diabetes.

Key takeaways:

– The gene not only triggers the feeling of fullness but also brings about the need to sleep after eating.

– Roundworms share up to 80 percent of their genes with humans which offers a way to gain better understand processes such as metabolism.

– The worm gene that controls signals from the brain to the intestines will assist obesity patients to break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising.

“The discovery of ETS-5 is the first time a gene regulatory molecule of this type, and potential drug target, has been implicated in the brain-intestinal control of eating and activity.”

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