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?be a gene that's been linked to an i▓ncreased risk of obesity. A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which over the long term can p▓ut on weight, said Colin Palmer, who led the study at th

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st of the other genes thought to affect body weight influence appetite. Palmer and his colleagues wanted to know if the FTO gene also had to do with▓ eating behavior, or whether it involved how the body burns calories. They studied over 2,700 Scottish children ages 4 to 10 and put a group of them throug▓h extensive tests. Nearly two-thirds of the ?/p>

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坈hildren had at least one copy of the gene variant▓, about the same proportion found in last year's study of mostly white Europeans. That▓ study found that those with one copy of the gene variant had a 30 percent increased risk of obesity, and carriers of two copies had almost a 70 percent ▓increased risk. The gene variation is also found in o▓ther popula

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tions; the frequency in Chinese is about half that of Europeans. After confirming the obesity link in the l▓arger Scottish group, the researchers examined 97 of the▓ children. They took a number of measurements, including▓ body fat and metabolic rate. The children were given three meals at school to evaluate their eating behavior. The meal included a

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mix of fru▓its and vegetables, ham, cheese, potato chips, chocolate candies and bread rolls. The researchers found that children with the gene variation showed no difference in metabolic rates, levels of physical activity or the amount of food eaten. "The only thing we could find was the fact that they wer▓e eating much richer foods," said Palmer▓. On average, thos

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e with the gene variant ate 100 calories more than those wi▓thout it. Dr. Rudolph Leibel, an obesity researcher at Columbia University in New York▓, said getting good measurements of how much someone eats is difficult, but the Scottish study did ▓it in a closely controlled manner. He ▓said the overeating may be driven more by t▓he need for calories than a preference for fa

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trigu▓ing, larger studies are needed to fully explore this h▓ypothesis," she said in an e-mail. Pa▓lmer, the Scottish researcher, said there's no practical reason to screen people for the gene variation; t▓here's likely to be many genes that affect▓ obesity. And whether you have it or not, he said, the advic▓e would be the same: Eat healthy a

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untries in the world, which is▓ becoming the agricultural science and technology platform to show the agriculture in Yunnan Province and even China's agriculture in the Southeast Asian coun▓tries.Relying on the fact of the opening up to the borderes policy as well as the double advantage of low-cost use of the agricu

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es have displayed different crops according to their different climate characters and national de▓mand." Tao said.The Yunnan ---Siem Reap friendly Agricultural Science and Technolog▓y Demonstration Park focuses on the demonstration of hybrid rice, maize, flowers and fruit garden▓ as a part of the tourism industry, whil▓e the Vietnam-China Agricultural Science and Technology Dem▓onstration Park in BaoShan focuses on introducing variet▓ies of tropical fruits in Vietnam to China, such as the ▓ma

ngo, grapefruit, guava and other tropical fruits as▓ well as the insect resistant coffee.In today's pressurised environment, feeling unusually tired is an accept▓ed part of life for many people. But I am confident that improving diet can

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