Scientists have synthesized a new compound that ‘mimics’ exercise. Could a workout pill be far behind?
Ever fantasize of being able to see the benefits of exercise without having to, you know, work out? If so, research from Britain's University of Southampton published this week gives a glimpse of what may be possible in the future. Ali Tavassoli, a professor of chemical biology, and Felino Cagampang, an associate professor in integrative physiology, reported that they had synthesized a molecule that acts as an "exercise mimic" by tricking cells into thinking they have run out of energy.