Scientists unlock new ways to fight obesity

Group leader Fu Yu says the study opens up ways to manage the global obesity epidemic and other health problems.
Dr Sarah Luo and her colleagues have been studying mouse models on how the brain controls appetite.
Group leader Fu Yu says the study opens up ways to manage the global obesity epidemic and other health problems.
Group leader Fu Yu says the study opens up ways to manage the global obesity epidemic and other health problems.

By discovering a key neural circuit in the brain that controls appetite, scientists from Singapore believe they have helped unlock new avenues of research to combat obesity.

The research team, led by group leader Fu Yu at A*Star's Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) and collaborators in China, found a specific group of neurons which play a crucial role in influencing the eating behaviour of mice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Scientists unlock new ways to fight obesity'. Subscribe