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Nature Genetics 41, 139 - 140 (2009)

A supersized list of obesity genes

Marten Hofker1 & Cisca Wijmenga1

  1. Marten Hofker is in the Department of Medical Biology and Cisca Wijmenga is in the Department of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, 9713 EX Groningen, The Netherlands.

Obesity genetics is making progress, as evidenced by the recent discovery of 15 new loci associated with body mass index. The function of the likely candidate genes in associated regions suggests a key role for the hypothalamus in the genetics of weight control.