A group of scientists from the University of St. Louis are of the opinion that the germs in the stomach may either accelerate obesity or fight against it. The researchers transplanted intestinal germs from obese as well as lean people into mice and observed the differences that occurred. The food habits of the rodents influenced whether or not the good germs were effective or not.
The mice that received bacteria from obese people gained more weight and had unhealthy metabolic rate despite the fact that all the mice ate the same amount of food. Later on when the bugs were swapped between the lean and obese mice, it was noted that the good lean bacteria had a positive affect on the obese mice even though the lean mice remained unaffected.
The scientists are now attempting to find the right combination of bacteria and considering its viability in humans.
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