Genetically fattened flies may help humans lose weight, a German scientist said on Thursday.

New research on the Drosophila fruit fly at Germany’s Max-Planck Institute in Goettingen has established a link between fat storage mechanisms in insects and mammals.

Project leader Ronald Kuehnlein said examining flies was providing valuable insights into how fats are processed.

“Our findings establish a common basis for how fat cells are integrated in mammals and insects. If we find further genetic ties between flies and mammals on fat regulation it could have serious implications for fat control,” said Kuehnlein.

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