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Genetics

17 May 2010

Belly or hip fat? All in the genes

The question of why men store fat in their bellies and women store it in their hips may have finally been answered: Genetically the fat tissue is almost completely different.

The age-old question of why men store fat in their bellies and women store it in their hips may have finally been answered: Genetically speaking, the fat tissue is almost completely different.

"Given the difference in gene expression profiles, a female fat tissue won't behave anything like a male fat tissue and vice versa," Clegg said. "The notion that fat cells between males and females are alike is inconsistent with our findings."

 

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