Sunday 07 November 2021
The British newspaper “The Sun” published the results of a recent study in which scientists confirmed that they can treat obesity by modifying the pathway of the gene chain known as the hippopotamus.
Scientists pointed out that humans have 4 genes in the brain, which are found in a pathway called “bloated mammals”, and they can lead to weight gain, according to the newspaper, according to the “Sputnik” website.
The experiment was conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge in London on the fruit fly, and they concluded that if the genes of this insect were modified, it could become less weight.
Fruit flies and humans have a common denominator in the hippopotamus pathway, and the two share 75 percent of their genetic makeup.
The study stated that more than 35 million British adults are overweight, and in the United States more than 70 million people suffer from it.
In the study, researchers reviewed a large database of the genes of obese people to find out the link between the genes and this health problem.
The researchers concluded that the hippopotamus genes were inactivated in obese people compared to the non-obese.
To test the role of these genes in weight gain, the researchers worked on modifying them in fruit flies, and the results showed that the insects after the modification became less weight.
The scientists said that this study could help develop new treatments for obesity, and the traditional treatment of this problem is through diet and exercise, and in some cases there is surgical intervention.
Previous studies have shown that many obese people have a genetic tendency to gain more weight.