Marmosets provide insights into human obesity

03/6/2012 | SmithsonianMag.com

Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute studying a research colony of white-tufted common marmosets found that, despite consistent management practices, some of the animals became much heavier than their counterparts. Researchers say the observations could have implications for human obesity. "If they become obese, they get the same sort of metabolic symptoms that a human would, so they could potentially be a good model for testing drugs, or other treatments," said Michael Power, a scientist at the National Zoo's nutrition lab.

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