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Possibly new insulin source

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by bbirdnuts@aol.com, Feb 15, 2010.

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    Very interesting! Would be lovely to see the price drop here, so that more kids can afford it.
     
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    Interesting stuff. Surrogate beta cells!!:D

    At first, I thought the actual plant had a chemical which reacted like insulin. But I see it's through genetic manipulation. Nonetheless, if it comes to be, it would really be a blessing for those who can't afford insulin. Just hoping whoever will eventually market it won't get too greedy.:rolleyes:

    BTW, isn't this the same plant from which eco-fuel is made:confused: Am I confusing plants here?

    Thanks for the link.
     
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    I had not seen that, thanks for sharing. Given that this disease is so expensive to manage, a cheaper source of insulin would be good news for a lot of folks. Will be interesting to see how phase III goes.
     
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    I thought eco-fuel came from soy plants....... anywhooo....... that was pretty interesting. Look forward to seeing how phase 3 of their testing goes.
     
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    Maybe just maybe one day soon insulin can be affordable for everyone or at least make the cost a little easier on the pocket. I have not researched the plant, sorry.
     
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    Wow, this is amazing. Don't expect this to hit the market soon. I am a little worried about the safety of this. I hope this is safe and successful.
     
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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Now if they could just genetically engineer safflowers to produce strips...;)
     
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    Now that would be something. Just think you buy your insulin and strips together.
     
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    The article only mentions T2, so I wonder if their trials are only for T2 or T1 or both? Either way its a start.:)
     
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    I thought the Indians had already developed insulin-producing plants a few years ago. They had proinsulin in lettuce and tobacco. I don't know if they're growing them for production yet, but there seems to be a big push for transgenic drug-producing plants in lots of countries with poor populations.
     
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    Yeah, I hope the plants can produce strips also.
     

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