A recently discovered drug molecule can force the body to burn off calories without too much exercise. This molecule called CP-331679, which essentially mimics the action of a hormone called adrenaline, can boost the metabolism of rats by almost a third, without increasing their appetite. Announcing this at the American Chemical Society Meeting held at San Francisco, Robert Dow of the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer said that this drug does not seem to affect the cardiovascular system. This molecule is currently being tested on humans (New Scientist, Vol 154, No 2079)
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.