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  • 1. Miracle "slimming gene" found in fruit flies. by Dylan Rizzo, Sam Moore and Alex Price
  • 2. Backround
    • The scientists at the University of Bonn discovered a gene in fruit flies that controls metabolism.
    • When the gene is defective the larvae lose all body fat.
    • With this new discovery scientists hope to create a revolutionary weight loss pill that will stop obesity.
    • The gene was named "Schlank" which is German for slim.
    • All mammals have a similar gene.
  • 3. SCHLANK
    • The schlank gene in Drosophila, a type of fruit fly that is commonly used in tests, helps regulate the flies' body fat.
    • This gene regulates the mobilization of fat from the fat reserves in a fruit fly's body. It also helps lipid synthesis, the combination of fatty acids.
    • When this gene is mutated a certain way it disables the flies' ability to grow fat.
    • This mutation usually leads to the death of the fly.
  • 4. Humans
    • Humans have very similar genes to that of the fruit flies. There is a certain gene in humans called the lass gene.
    • Just like schlank, lass genes control the metabolism of fat because it is very important for mammals to have some body fat.
    • The weight loss industry has become so huge a pill that can harness the ability of lass genes would be a humongous breakthrough.
  • 5. Conclusion
    • If scientists can find a way to alter the lass genes in humans like the defective schlank genes found in some fruit flies, humans can lose weight quickly and effortlessly.  
    • If a pill is created it could possibly stop obesity while being able to eat unhealthy food!   
  • 6. Acknowledgements
    • http://www.stapleypestcontrol.com/FruitFlies.jpg
    • http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/bo/bodi-tek-fat-blitz.jpg
    • http://www.slimmingpillsuk.net/images/slimming_solution_pills_by_Biomix.jpg
    • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102111843.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Netvibes