CRISPR turns normal body fat into a type that burns energy

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Health 23 October 2020

By Michael Le Page

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Gene editing can transform normal fat cells into a type of fat that burns energy

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Metabolic conditions linked to obesity could be treated by removing fat from a person, turning it into energy-burning “beige fat” using CRISPR gene editing and then implanting the altered fat back into the body, animal studies suggest.

“It would be a personalised therapy for metabolic disease,” says Silvia Corvera at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

While most fat merely stores energy, some types – known as brown and beige fat – burn glucose to produce heat. People have small …

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