Study: Pathogen from gut of obese human causes obesity in germfree mice

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    Dec 19, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ismej2012153a.html
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    Dec 19, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    I didn't realize the scientific name for "deep fried death" was "Lipopolysaccharide endotoxin."

    Interesting find. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 19, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    It's kind of a "me too" paper. No new news here.

    Anyway, any first-year student would know that all gram-negative bacteria have LPS endotoxin. It's also what causes food poisoning when you keep that potato salad around too long.
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    Dec 20, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Results from animal studies using high fat diet can hardly be extrapolated to human populations. The reason is that fat accounts for 40 to 60% total calories in the high fat diet, which is insane and meaningless. As a matter of fact, this study showed that mice on normal chow with or without the pathogen had no difference in body weight. Conclusion? That pathogen is not the culprit for making mice/people fat.