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DNA Fat Gene

Everyone has heard about the obesity gene. The old hotness was the FTO gene. Now the new hotness, thanks to a collaboration between 77 institutions from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Sweden, has discovered the MC4R gene.

New DNA Variants Found That Can Help To Pile On The Pounds

According to this article,

The variants map close to a gene called MC4R: mutations in this gene are the most common genetic cause of severe familial obesity.

So, how much weight on average does this gene “pack” on you? Oh…about 3.3 pounds , but when combined with the “old” obesity gene we are talking a whopping 8.5 pounds. Oh my! I never realized that the folks in the electric carts at Wal-Mart were only 8.5 lbs overweight!

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