Scientists made mice to synthesize omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

Doctors from the hospital Massachusetts has made a breakthrough. The staff of the research center led type mice, is able in his body to synthesize large amounts of fatty omega-3 and omega-6 acids. Breed mice called Omega.

Fatty acids needed by the human body for normal functioning. Both acids (omega-3 and omega-6) in nature can synthesize only nematode species C. elegans. Man gets fatty acids at the expense of nuts, vegetables, fish, biological additives. Omega-6 is required for normal inflammatory reactions, omega-3, conversely, prevents the development of inflammation. When the imbalance of fatty acids can develop diseases of the cardiovascular system, chronic inflammatory diseases, cancer.

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As an experiment, the researchers took the genes of nematodes responsible for the synthesis of fatty acids (fat-1 and fat-2) and introduced them into the genome of mice. In gene fat-2 monounsaturated fats are transformed into omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Gene fat-1 transformed unsaturated fats in omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly, compounds were produced in mice regardless of diet.

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