The Fat-Burning Drug Of The Future?
By Marci Robin , Senior Online Editor |
It's been wished for billions of times: a pill that would burn fat for you. (Come on. You know you've thought about it.) While we haven't reached that point just yet, scientists have come a little closer with the discovery of an enzyme-blocking chemical.
The enzyme in question is called Fyn kinase, which reseachers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Neuroscience have managed to inhibit in mice with a drug known, for now, as SU6656. By blocking Fyn kinase, the body is seemingly fooled into burning more energy and, thus, fat. Almost immediately, mice start becoming leaner.
So can humans become leaner with SU6656? Not without neurological effects. The scientists are searching for a safer version that targets only the parts of the body you want: adipose tissue and muscle.