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Grizzlies master healthy obesity: tuned insulin signals may keep animals free of diabetes.
Grizzly bears have figured out how to be fat and fit. Though the animals beef up before hibernating, they may avoid diabetes by tweaking signals in fat cells, researchers report in the Aug. 5 Cell Metabolism.
Whether scientists will be able to manipulate the signals to develop drugs for humans is uncertain, says molecular biologist Sandy Martin of the University of Colorado Denver. "But it's certainly worth pursuing," she says. "There's a huge amount we can learn from bears. They...
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