Miracle Slimming

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Miracle Slimming

  1. 1. Miracle "slimming gene" found in fruit flies. by Dylan Rizzo, Sam Moore and Alex Price
  2. 2. Backround <ul><li>The scientists at the University of Bonn discovered a gene in fruit flies that controls metabolism. </li></ul><ul><li>When the gene is defective the larvae lose all body fat. </li></ul><ul><li>With this new discovery scientists hope to create a revolutionary weight loss pill that will stop obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>The gene was named &quot;Schlank&quot; which is German for slim. </li></ul><ul><li>All mammals have a similar gene. </li></ul>
  3. 3. SCHLANK <ul><li>The schlank gene in Drosophila, a type of fruit fly that is commonly used in tests, helps regulate the flies' body fat. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>When this gene is mutated a certain way it disables the flies' ability to grow fat. </li></ul><ul><li>This mutation usually leads to the death of the fly. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Humans <ul><li>Humans have very similar genes to that of the fruit flies. There is a certain gene in humans called the lass gene. </li></ul><ul><li>Just like schlank, lass genes control the metabolism of fat because it is very important for mammals to have some body fat. </li></ul><ul><li>The weight loss industry has become so huge a pill that can harness the ability of lass genes would be a humongous breakthrough. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Conclusion <ul><li>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.   </li></ul><ul><li>If a pill is created it could possibly stop obesity while being able to eat unhealthy food!    </li></ul>
  6. 6. Acknowledgements <ul><li>http://www.stapleypestcontrol.com/FruitFlies.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/bo/bodi-tek-fat-blitz.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slimmingpillsuk.net/images/slimming_solution_pills_by_Biomix.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>

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