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Researchers have discovered that your body clock can play a role in how fat you become and could even contribute to the risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes.

Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney have found that a specific gene which regulates the body clock also plays a role in growth hormone production. The Y6 gene is highly expressed in the only part of the brain known to control the body's circadian rhythm. However, molecular biologist Herbert Herzog said little was known about the Y6 gene.

Read the entire article over at the Life & Style section of The Age website.