Dr. Warden believes that the newfound gene gives rise to a protein that steals some of the energy that the cells in the body generate. If researchers can make this gene make more of this protein, the cells would burn up more calories to make of for the taken energy.
Researchers have already started studying different drugs to see which one works better with the gene as well as which one is safer for people to take.
This research is a step in the right direction and well as a step back. Yes, I do believe that some people are over weight because its in their genetics to be a bit heavier, so a treatment like this could really help them. But for others that are just obsessed with the thought of being skinny and losing weight, would this add to the weight loss obsession around the world? Would people opt out of exercising and losing weight the right way for taking some pills to chemically change how a gene works?