Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Vaccine that may combat fat

Dont get too excited. It's still under development.

The latest discovery from Scripps sounds like a late-night television come-on: How much would you pay for a vaccine against fat? Vaccines have been used for centuries to stop the spread of infectious disease. But immunizing Americans against the spread of their behinds? Impossible, right? Not so fast.

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute injected rats with a fragment of a hormone called ghrelin. It's a substance that tells your body to slow down and store fat during times of scarcity, such as dieting. The paper, "Vaccination Against Weight Gain," was published Monday in an advanced online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
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