Dr. Anne Lai analyzes white blood cells in a lab at the headquarters of G1 Therapeutics on June 6, 2017, in Research Triangle Park. The company builds on scientific advancements made at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The new findings broaden the understanding of how genes can predispose certain individuals to obesity.

A breakthrough from the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits consortium, which includes many public health researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, identifies multiple genetic variants associated with how the body regulates and distributes body-fat tissue.

The new findings broaden the understanding of how genes can predispose certain individuals to obesity.

The GIANT Consortium is a major international collaboration of more than 275 scientists that seeks to identify genetic sites that affect human body size and shape, including height and measures of obesity.

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Originally published Feb. 22, 2019.

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