What Calico Cats Can Teach Us About Obesity

By Lydia O’Connor

House cats — in all their notoriously lazy glory — may actually help scientists figure out how to control obesity in humans.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are looking to calico cats, known for their orange and black patchwork fur, to better understand “gene silencing”, the ability of a cell to prevent the expression of a certain gene. Scientists hope the research may reveal how traits in humans — like obesity — may be turned on and off the same way color traits are controlled in the fluctuating pattern of a calico’s coat.

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Source: Huffington Post Green

    

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