Immature, or "baby," fat cells lurk in the walls of the blood vessels that nourish fatty tissue, just waiting for excess calories to help them grow into the adult monsters responsible for packing on the extra pounds, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in mice.

Researchers have long known that such cells were probably located near blood vessels, but they didn't know exactly where. Discovering their existence, their identity and their lair may direct future research to find ways to stop these cells from creating undesired fat — or to use these immature cells for such clinical treatments as filling in a woman's breast after a lumpectomy.
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