(New Scientist) A protein injection that decreases appetite helps obese monkeys to slim down fast and cuts their risk of diabetes.
Excitement is growing about a protein called GDF15, which naturally regulates body weight in humans and animals. When extra amounts are injected into mice, they eat less, lose weight and have fewer signs of diabetes.
Several research teams have tried developing GDF15 as an obesity treatment, but it breaks down too quickly in the bloodstream to work.
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