New weapon against diabetes

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Repeated measurement of the blood glucose level and injection of insulin (Picture: Dolgachov / iStock)

Researchers led by ETH Professor Martin Fussenegger at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) in Basel have produced artificial beta cells using a straightforward engineering approach. These pancreatic cells can do everything that natural ones do: they measure the glucose concentration in the blood and produce enough insulin to effectively lower the blood sugar level. ETH-News