"Imaginary meal" tricks the body into losing weight
Ronald Evans and his team pioneered a new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat. The compound effectively stopped weight gain, lowered cholesterol, controlled blood sugar and minimized inflammation in mice. Unlike most diet pills on the market, the new compound, called fexaramine, doesn't dissolve into the blood like appetite suppressants or caffeine-based diet drugs, but remains in the intestines, causing fewer side effects.

Details of the new compound, published in Nature Medicine, made headlines across the globe and even prompted a skit on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

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A 12-hour window for a healthy weight
Satchidananda Panda's latest work on time-restricted diet was covered by The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, January 18. His study showed that confining caloric consumption to an 8- to 12-hour period might stave off high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

Yao-Cheng Li and Geoff Wahl

Salk illuminates hidden protein activity

A new technology developed by Geoffrey Wahl's laboratory to detect fleeting protein interactions made the front page of U-T San Diego on
December 28.

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Clodagh O'Shea                       View video

American Society for Cell Biology ASCB TV 

This short film on Clodagh O'Shea's laboratory and her research using viruses to understand and possibly treat cancer was shown last month at the American Society for Cell Biology and International Federation for Cell Biology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Saket Navlakha                       View video

Distributed information processing in biological
and computational systems

In this video, the magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery features Saket Navlakha and his work on studying and modeling biological processes. The video accompanies Navlakha's January 2015 review article.

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