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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have uncovered two dozen novel gene variants linked to how the body stores fat, including ones that may represent treatment targets.

When some people gain weight, they store fat on their hips, but others preferentially accumulate it at their waist or abdomen, and carrying central body fat is a known risk factor for cardiometabolic conditions like type 2 diabetes.

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