Imagine a future where you could eat all the butter you want and not gain a pound. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? It may not be that far off.
Work on genetically engineered mice found that manipulating an enzyme controls weight gain, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Scientists were able to interfere with the CPT1c gene and control the mices’ response to a high-fat diet. Their littermates with normal copies of the gene gained more weight than their modified counterparts.
The study has wide-ranging implications for the study of obesity and weight management, scientists told the Associated Press.