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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Robotic Pills Could Replace Insulin Injections
20 February 2014 12:15 pm
For those who cringe at the sight of a syringe, the days of injections may well be over—at least for diabetics who require insulin shots. The Wall Street Journal reports on a newly developed “robotic pill” that can withstand stomach acids long enough to deliver insulin to patients. Despite its name, the pill does not contain electronics; instead, it slowly comes apart in the stomach and delivers medication into the intestinal lining. Without the pill’s protection, insulin would break down in the stomach too quickly for the body to absorb it.
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