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Posted On August 9, 2021
People who have spent the last few months wondering whether they are alone in their fears over the extinction of the iconic elephant will be glad to know that a few are actually on the way to solving the problem.
In a new paper in Science, researchers from the University of Oxford and the University College London say they have found that a species of elephant in the genus Elephas maximus can produce large amounts of insulin, a type of fat that is stored in the body.
Elephas minimus, which lives in East Africa, produces a special type of fatty called adipose tissue.
The authors, led by David Lewis of the University’s Department of Molecular Biology and the Department of Genetics, say that adipose fat plays a key role in keeping the body fat in balance, and they say that this fat is necessary for a large number of important functions.
The study is part of a broader study, called “The Secret of Fatty Acids,” in which Lewis and colleagues have found a number of species that are able to produce insulin.
The research is important, Lewis said, because it will help researchers better understand how genes influence fat metabolism in mammals, which is essential to understanding the causes of the pandemic.
For instance, the scientists say that the genes that regulate the amount of insulin produced in the animal are the same genes that are important for controlling the rate of growth of the body’s muscle tissue, and these genes are present in other species, such as primates.
These genes also have been implicated in the development of certain cancers, including breast and colon cancer.
“We have found genes that may have an important role in obesity,” Lewis said.
“In a recent study we found that genes involved in adipose gene expression are involved in the formation of adipose tissues and in the regulation of fat mass and adipose function.”
The researchers suggest that these genes might be part of the reason that some mammals are able as well as others to store fat, and that this could be one reason that we may be losing species like the elephant, which once thrived in the forests of East Africa.
“The elephant has been around for millions of years and is an amazing species.
They have evolved in such a short period of time, they are really remarkable,” said co-author Dr. Daniel Fournier of the UCL School of Medicine.
“It’s amazing to think that in such an age, we are losing so many of them.
But the answer is probably more complicated than that.”
For the study, Lewis and his colleagues used genetic information from the genomes of elephants from East Africa and collected tissue samples from elephants in various parts of Africa.
They then compared these samples to tissue samples collected from the same species in other parts of the world.
They found that the animals from East African elephants that produced a lot of insulin were also the ones that also produced the largest amounts of adipocytes.
The insulin produced by the elephants was also the one that produced the most fat in their body.
“This is really exciting,” Lewis explained.
“We are showing that there is something about fat that regulates fat metabolism.
And the elephant is a great example of that.”
According to the researchers, the findings are not completely surprising. “
This animal has a very special kind of fat called adipocytes that is very important for maintaining the body as it is.”
According to the researchers, the findings are not completely surprising.
“In the wild, the elephant will eat an enormous amount of fat,” Lewis added.
“Animals that are very fat will have a lot more insulin.
But in the wild they are not eating a lot.
They are eating a little.
And when they are eating more, their insulin is much more than what they need to keep their body fat balanced.”