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Craig Warden

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Craig Warden

Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Pediatrics
University of California, Davis
obesity and genes
genetic contributions to obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol


Craig Warden, professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior and of pediatrics at UC Davis, identifies genes linked to obesity in mice and searches for their human counterparts using databases of the human genome and comparison to humans with common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). A number of genes linked to obesity have been found by researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere, including uncoupling protein 2 (UCP-2). Common natural alleles (variants) of UCP-2 have been consistently associated with obesity, making this the best example so far of a gene known to influence a significant proportion of human obesity, Dr. Warden believes. Researchers can insert the DNA for these genes into mice to study their effects. Overall, it's still difficult to estimate how much genetics contributes to conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

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