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Interleukin Licenses Rights to Variations in Overweight Gene from Tufts

NEW YORK, June 28 (GenomeWeb News) - Interleukin Genetics has licensed the rights to variations in a gene associated with overweight from Tufts University, the company said today.

 

Interleukin, based in Waltham, Mass., obtained exclusive rights to develop and commercialize tests and nutritional products based on variations in the perilipin gene.

 

Peripilin is a protein expressed in fat cells that influences fat metabolism. Researchers at Tufts found that women with a specific peripilin genotype weigh substantially more than other women.

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