On the trail of the weighty genes – new genetic variants of obesity identifiedA team of NGFN researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen discovered two new loci associated with common early-onset obesity by international collaborative genome-wide meta-analyses on children. Furthermore these genetic-loci also yielded directionally consistent associations in a previous meta-analysis of adult obesity. Due to the decoding of the biological mechanisms of obesity researchers hope to improve therapies for affected persons.
A genome-wide association meta-analysis identifies new childhood obesity loci. Bradfield et al., Nature Genetics 2012 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/ng.2247