The changing colour of fat

The different functions of white, brown and beige fat might yield new targets in the fight against obesity and metabolic disease.

When you think of fat in the human body, you might picture a homogenous, white substance, much like a block of lard. But researchers are learning that the role of fat in metabolism changes depending on where it is in the body, and even on the type of fat cell. Soon these differences could be harnessed to fight metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Read more in Nature.