The paper "Beige Adipocytes Are a Distinct Type of Thermogenic Fat Cell in Mouse and Human" was one of twelve research articles selected by the journal Cell to be included in the year-end "Best of 2012" special edition. The research also received wide media coverage.
"Fat cells that ... burn fat? Researchers led by Harvard med school professor Bruce Spiegelman have isolated a new fat cell—the energy burning "beige fat" cell. Spiegelman hypothesized about the existence of beige fat four years ago, but now he's confirmed its existence. It differs from "white fat" cells because they burn calories instead of storing them. Going forward, Spiegelman says he wants to investigate ways of using "beige fat" to treat obesity and diabetes."—the Atlantic Wire, "Today in Research"