The Secret Life of Fat

Changes in our DNA can determine much more than the battle of thick versus thin.

RELATED TAGS: PERSONAL HEALTH, NUTRITION
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It was a breezy Friday evening in the fall in San Diego. I was a biochemistry Ph.D. student out to dinner with friends after a full week of research, classes and teaching. I’d had a strong interest in biology since grade school, particularly in how the body malfunctions and the inventive ways we treat it. The idea that tiny molecules affected our health, thoughts and quality of life was fascinating to me. Keeping my fat in check had never been easy, and I watched my weight closely. On t...
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