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Tales of Brown Fat

Three new studies published in the April 9, 2009 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine show conclusive proof that adult humans do indeed have appreciable amounts of brown adipose tissue. Why is this important? For at least two reasons: 1) it puts to rest the issue that adult humans have this cell type (more on this below), and 2) if the numbers or the activity of these cells could be increased it could help in the fight against obesity. 

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