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Brown fat - the secret to curing obesity?

Scientists are focusing a type of body tissue known as brown fat in hopes it may hold the cure to some types of obesity. Normally found in babies and animals that hibernate, brown fat burns energy to create warmth.

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Adults lose brown fat as they age, and there's a correlation between obesity and having little or no brown fat. Now scientists in Tübingen are trying to use hormones to reactivate brown fat cells and get them burning off excess calories.