Monday, March 16, 2009

Wonder Pill On Its Way?

I'm sure this story has been all over American news but it's the kind of thing I would go past with barely any notice. But I was reading The Statesman of Calcutta and saw it there (and I've pasted the complete story below). Why would I be reading a Calcutta paper? Because I was reminded of the lovely, clear English prose used in Indian papers and was enjoying some of it.

The Story:

LONDON, March 16: A pill could soon provide a new weapon in the battle of the bulge ~ thanks to scientists who have discovered a “fat controller” in the body which could be the key to staying slim and preventing heart ailments.
In fact, an international team has pinpointed an enzyme that determines whether the fat people eat is burnt off as energy or stored in the body, a breakthrough which raises the prospect of a pill to target the enzyme, allowing people to eat without the risk of putting on weight.
In their study on laboratory rodents, the team, led by California University, focused on MGAT2, an enzyme found in intestines of mice as well as humans.
Mice without the protein were able to eat a high-fat diet while remaining slim and healthy. The fat they absorbed was burnt off as energy, rather than stored, the Daily Mail reported.

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