Scripps Research Institute

Jupiter’s Scripps Research Institute is considering partnering with the University of Southern California, but says it won’t affect its research center in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

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It’s much too soon to get excited -- it’s still in the mouse stage of research -- but a substance being tested by Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter and other centers seems to make obese rodents lose weight and use 5 percent more energy. All without exercise. As the New York Times describes, there are too many unanswered questions at this point to know whether such a substance might do more harm than good.