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Researchers discover gene that controls body fat

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - British researchers say they've discovered a gene that can determine if someone will become overweight.

Scientists at Oxford University call the gene KLF-14.  They say it acts as a master "on-off" switch, directing other genes that control body fat.

KLF-14 is inherited from a person's mother.

Doctors say if they can find a way to control it, they might be able to treat obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

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