I use this blog to gather information and thoughts about invention and innovation, the subjects I've been teaching at Stanford University Continuing Studies Program since 2005.
The next course is Principles of Invention and Innovation (Summer '13).
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In 2006, biologists found that the types ofbacteria in the gutsof obese rats differed from those in non-obese rats. To find out more, Mihai Covasa and his colleagues at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Paris swapped gut bacteria between obesity-prone and obesity-resistant rats.
The obesity-resistant rodents proceeded to eat more and pile on the pounds. They also developed gut hormone levels typical of obesity-prone rodents.
To treat obesity, it should possible to move the bacteria the other way around, from obesity-resistant individuals to obesity-prone ones.