Scientists Can Turn Appetite On and Off

6 11 2007

From Reuters:

“Our bodies send complex chemical signals to our brains, which interpret them and send back responses, in this case eat or don’t eat. Our research indicated that MIC-1 is a previously unrecognized molecule sending a don’t eat signal to the brain,” Herzog said.

The researchers said it was hoped that in the near future, the MIC-1 findings will prevent a sizeable proportion of advanced cancer patients from “literally wasting away”.

The Australian scientists have found a way to turn on and off a person’s desire to eat.  While this will inevitably show up on the black market of people with eating disorders – it does have great potential for helping people – and god damn it, that’s just plain ole great.

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