I received an intriguing little post this morning from Medgadget. It seems scientists have worked out that because the heart controls the energy of the body, manipulating the actual molecular structure of the heart could (now let’s see, guys.. what will get the most publicity for our research.. ah yes!) prevent obesity. yes, folks, step right up for a genetically and molecularly modified heart op.. and eat all the rubbish you want for ever more!
Here’s the post;
“Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have shown that the heart can regulate energy balance throughout the body. The breakthrough could pave the way for better treatments for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
The research, which will be presented in the April 27 issue of Cell, investigated genetically modified mice and an experimental drug to manipulate levels of two regulatory molecules in the heart: MED13 and miRNA-208a. The mice in the study were fed a high-fat diet but did not become obese as a result of the manipulation of the heart-specific genetic pathway. The genetic alteration also protected the mice from blood-sugar changes linked to type-2 diabetes.”
What do you think?