New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity in People of African Descent.

NBC News (3/14, Fox, 2.67M) reports a study in the journal Obesity reveals there is “a genetic variation unique to some people of African descent that can add about six pounds of extra weight.” Approximately one percent “of people of African heritage carry the” SEMA4D “genetic variation.” People with the genetic mutation have a higher likelihood of being obese. While diet and lifestyle play a large role in determining body weight, there is also a heritable component. 

Findings highlight the importance of genomic studies in diverse populations