BROOKINGS (AP) – There's a school of thought in some scientific circles that suggests obesity is a sign of superior breeding. A predisposition to storing fat, the reasoning goes, is evolution's way of ensuring that mankind survives times of famine.
Or put another way, nature isn't about to risk the future of the human race on the scrawny.
Whether true or not, the idea that genetics play a role in the readout on a bathroom scale is one that intrigues scientists at South Dakota State University – and is a potential research focus for a new $47 million laboratory being planned on the Brookings campus.
The vision for what is being called the Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Engineering Laboratory is to bring researchers together from diverse disciplines across campus. They will tap into expertise for which SDSU is renowned – primarily food production, health and nutrition, and renewable energy. They'll work together in a 71,000-square-foot facility to tackle challenges such as hunger, obesity, autoimmune diseases and other possibilities.
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