Researchers are finding rare gene variants that protect against obesity after a huge DNA study

Researchers have identified a group of rare gene variants that help protect humans from obesityafter one of the most comprehensive studies to date of the genetics behind the condition.

Researchers from the Regeneron Genetics Center analyzed genetic data from more than 640,000 people from Mexicothat U.S and the UK to find new insights into the genetic basis of obesity.

The study, published in the journal Sciencefound that individuals with rare genetic mutations in the GPR75 gene had a 54 percent reduced risk of obesity and on average tended to weigh about 12 pounds less than those without them.

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