Largest ever genome-wide study strengthens genetic link to obesity
There are many reasons why people gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now researchers conducted the largest study of genetic variation to date to home in on genetic reasons. By analyzing genetic samples from more than 300,000 individuals to study obesity and body fat distribution, researchers in the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium completed the largest study of genetic variation to date, and found over 140 locations across the genome that play roles in various obesity traits.
February 11, 2015