Research report 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

Genetic predisposition for overweight: Possible interactions of genome and environment

Heß, Martin; Brüning, Jens C.
Neuronal Control of Metabolism
The increase in the prevalence of obesity and the concomitant health problems are putting a burden on our modern society. Lifestyle and genetic predisposition define the individual susceptibility to gain weight. Through identifying the genetic alterations and the subsequent investigation of the affected genes/proteins – including studies in mice – scientists hope to gain insights into the complex interaction of our genome and environment to finally identify the mechanisms that may lead e.g. to weight gain.

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