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Old 02-20-2010, 01:35 PM   #1
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Flipper can Help with Diabetes Cure?

Gotta love animal research that can help us humans lead a longer, more healthy life. So sorry if PETA has a beef with this, but that's life.

American scientists have discovered that bottlenosed dolphins show a form of insulin resistance very similar to that seen in human diabetes. Unlike patients with the condition, the marine mammals can turn this state on and off when appropriate, so it is not normally harmful.
The findings indicate that dolphins could provide a valuable animal model for investigating type 2 diabetes, which promises to advance research into new therapies. If researchers can learn how the animals switch off their insulin resistance before it becomes damaging, it could be possible to develop a cure.
'Diabetic effect' in dolphins offers new hope for type 2 diabetes cure - Times Online

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