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Genes and Obesity

A number of genes have been identified that are associated with an increased body mass index (BMI), the standard measurement of obesity. By analyzing these genes, researchers hope to gain a better understanding of what causes obesity and develop ways to tackle the problem. The study of genes and obesity could lead to new treatments. This volume reviews the latest developments in the field.


Researchers, professors and graduate students in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and medicine.

Hardbound, 416 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375003-7


    "Full of interest not only for the molecular biologist-for whom the numerous references will be invaluable-but will also appeal to a much wider circle of biologists, and in fact to all those who are concerned with the living cell."--British Medical Journal


  • Introduction by Claude Bouchard

    1. Genes and pathways contributing to obesity: a systems biology view
    2. Thomas Drake

    3. Genetics of adipose tissue biology
    4. Peter Arner and Ingrid Dahlman

    5. Genetics of brown adipose tissue
    6. Les Kozak

    7. Obesity caused by single genes

    9. Genetics of lipodystrophies and ectopic fat deposition
    10. Robert Hegele

    11. Genetics of common forms of overweight and obesity

    13. Genetics of adipose tissue distribution
    14. Ruth Loos

    15. Genetics and human dietary intake
    16. Danielle Reed

    17. Genetics and eating disorders
    18. Johannes Hebebrand and Anke Hinney

    19. Genetics of metabolic rates and energy expenditure

    21. Genetics of physical activity level and sedentary time
    22. Timothy Lightfoot and Trudy Moore-Harrison

    23. Advances in epigenetics and relevance to obesity
    24. Alfredo Martinez, Javier Campion, Fermin Milagro

    25. Are there metabolic complications of obesity precipitated by genetic factors?
    26. Alan Shuldiner

    27. From animal models to human genetics to practical applications


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