Scientists reprogram fat cells to burn off calories

December 15, 2014 3:05 PM

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Like other mammals, humans have lots of white fat and not so much brown fat. White fat stores excess calories for release to energy-hungry organs during fasting, whereas brown fat is mostly used to burn calories to produce heat.

When we regularly consume more calories than we use, the excess calories build up in white fat, and we become overweight and obese.

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