Insulin Grown in Plants Relieves Diabetes in Mice; UCF Study Holds Promise for Humans

I just read this... I can't believe it! I live a mile away from UCF!

"Capsules of insulin produced in genetically modified lettuce could hold the key to restoring the body's ability to produce insulin and help millions of Americans who suffer from insulin-dependent diabetes, according to University of Central Florida biomedical researchers.

Professor Henry Daniell's research team genetically engineered tobacco plants with the insulin gene and then administered freeze-dried plant cells to five-week-old diabetic mice as a powder for eight weeks. By the end of the study, the diabetic mice had normal blood and urine sugar levels, and their cells were producing normal levels of insulin."

I wrote to Dr. Daniell to see if I can meet him in person. Hopefully I will be able to, so I will report back.

More details about the study here:
http://news.ucf.edu/UCFnews/index?page=article&id=0024004102c4c...

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Comment by Kristofer Ruiz on September 1, 2007 at 7:54am
But what about vegetable's rights?? Choose salad!

I just can't help myself sometimes.

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