Issue Date: January 16, 2012
Newly Discovered Hormone Burns Energy
A newfound exercise-induced hormone helps the body increase its ability to burn energy and confers the beneficial characteristics of “brown” fat cells on unhealthy “white” fat cells, according to a study (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature10777). Bruce M. Spiegelman of Harvard Medical School and colleagues say the hormone, which they named irisin after the Greek messenger goddess Iris, is likely . . .
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