Platypuses Making a Splash in Diabetes Research
Dec26

Platypuses Making a Splash in Diabetes Research

The platypus is a comical, egg-laying mammal with some strange anatomy. Dr. Briony Forbes and her team at the University of Adelaide have discovered a hormone in platypus venom that may hold the key to a long-lasting diabetes treatment.

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Constricting Diabetes Using Python Plasma
Jun29

Constricting Diabetes Using Python Plasma

Burmese pythons and other similar reptiles can go many months between meals, longer than most other organisms. We know what you’re thinking — how?
Using hormonal secretions that could give us insight into treating diabetes.

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Powerful Spit from Gila Monsters Controls Diabetes
May28

Powerful Spit from Gila Monsters Controls Diabetes

In the early 90s, an endocrinologist and research scientist named John Eng discovered a hormone in the Gila monster’s saliva similar to one in the human digestive tract that keeps blood sugar levels from spiking or dropping too low. He named the hormone exendin-4 and began exploring its tremendous potential as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Exendin-4 is improving the lives of people with type 2 diabetes and has great potential for treating devastating neurological disorders.

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