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Brown fat cell discovery opens new doors for obesity treatment

Brown fat cells derived from cells expressing the Trpv1 receptor, seen in green, have opened up interesting new pathways for the treatment of obesity

The human body carries different types of fat cells, and some of them are more desirable than others. White fat stores our surplus energy as lipids that give rise to love handles and beer bellies, whereas brown fat burns off calories to generate heat and keep us warm. Much research into obesity of late has focused on ways the body might be made to produce more brown fat as a way of fighting weight gain, and scientists have now made a key advance in this area by discovering a previously unknown source of its production.

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