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Japanese team grows energy-burning brown fat cells

OSAKA -- A Japanese clinical testing support company and a government-backed research institution have developed a technique to mass-produce brown fat cells, seen as a key weapon in the fight against obesity.

Brown fat cells convert calories to heat faster than regular fat cells. They are abundant in newborns but decrease with age. Though brown fat is considered a promising avenue for treating obesity and metabolic syndrome, growing the cells had involved complicated processes such as genetic modification.

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