Fat burner

Published: Sunday 15 June 1997

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)

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