Researchers: Appetite control could be rewired

Posted Apr 7, 2013 by Owen Weldon
A group of brain cells that have the power to control appetite has been identified by scientists. The cells could also be a major cause of eating disorders such as obesity.
According to BBC, cells called tanycytes were found to produce neurons that regulate appetite. Researchers at the University of East Anglia, in the United Kingdom, said that their find means that appetite is not fixed at birth.
According to RedOrbit, the researchers said that their findings could provide benefits to the growing number of people dealing with obesity.
According to Science World Report, the researcher found the population of brain cells by using a method that tracks the development of stem cells and cells that were derived from them at desired time points throughout an animal's life. Researchers said that the tanycytes act like stem cells.
Researchers will now have to translate the work to humans, which could take up to five or 10 years.