Updated: 02/20/2014 18:54

A*STAR scientists discover faster way to tell fat cells apart



A*STAR scientists discover faster way to tell fat cells apart

A team of scientists from A*STAR's Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, or SIBC, has discovered two little-known fat cell markers that have huge potential in furthering their understanding of fats. 

For the first time, they are now able to tell apart subcutaneous and visceral fat stem cells using these markers. 

This discovery paves the way for scientists to speed up their drug screenings to treat metabolic diseases caused by visceral fat. 

They're less efficient at storing fat resulting them entering the blood and other organs, causing inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary plaque to form, a major cause of heart attack and stroke.

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