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Insulin, which is in plants, is able to partially solve the problem of diabetes

July 31 2007

Researchers from the University of Central Florida found that insulin, which is in plants, is able to partially solve the problem of diabetes. At least in laboratory mice.

Says Professor Henry Daniel, in the future it will be possible to grow genetically modified plants that contain elevated amounts of insulin, so that it can be used in injections to people with diabetes.

To date, scientists have created genetically modified tobacco, the leaves of which there is more than normal insulin genes. Insulin, thus obtained was injected laboratory mice with diabetes for 8 weeks.

After this course, scientists have determined that the level of sugar in the blood and urine in normal mice and their cells produce the required amount of insulin alone.

In the short term, scientists are going to replace tobacco leaf lettuce, as they are less expensive to manufacture, and in addition to their case could be avoided stigmatsii associated with tobacco.

National Institutes of Health has already allocated for these studies 2 million dollars. On the date of commencement of human trials at the University has not yet reported. Reports

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