An elderly woman injects insulin into her leg

Scientists are teaching human guts to make insulin.

BoxTurtle seems to be MIA this morning, so here are a couple of scienc-y goodies to start the conversation. Coffee and tea are ready, the Diner is open for business. Starbuck is probably already at the hospital to have his cardiac procedure, so keep him in your thoughts.

Researchers have been able to alter a gene and get gastrointestinal cells to produce insulin!

Human Gut Cells Coaxed Into Producing Insulin

By switching off one single gene, researchers have turned human gastrointestinal cells into insulin producers. Retraining GI cells this way could help replace insulin-producing cells that are destroyed because of diabetes.

After a big outdoors picnic weekend for many people, I think we’re wondering Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others.

Find a comfy spot and join the conversation.

Photo by Sari Dennise released under a Creative Commons license.