Experts ID genes that trigger common childhood obesity

04/8/2012 | HealthDay News

Mutations in two common genes, OLFM4 and HOXB5, might predispose children to common forms of obesity, according to an analysis of 14 genome-wide association studies published in Nature Genetics. The genes were active in extremely obese children and were identifiable but weaker in adults, suggesting that the genes have the most effect early in life, the lead researcher said.

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