New clues in the fight against diabetes
24 November 2008
This research was published in the journal Science on 21 November 2008.
People who suffer from diabetes have too much sugar in their blood, meaning their cells are starved of energy.
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As waistlines in rich countries have increased, so have numbers of people with type 2 diabetes.
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Insulin is a hormone produced by cells in the pancreas.
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Hideki Katagiri, Tohoku University, Japan.
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Michael Christie, King's College London.
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The scientists studied diabetes using obese mice.
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People with type 1 diabetes have to inject themselves with insulin every day.
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