Yesterday, the team at the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) released the third and final part of its three segment series covering the involvement of animal models in diabetes research. Part three of the series covers how biomedical research in veterinary health, the development of implantable devices for people living with diabetes, and the identification of a new type of diabetes thanks to the assistance of animal models.
Thanks to many years of animal research, species of all kinds are benefitting from the research. Insulin, for example, was discovered with the assistance of canine models and because of gene therapy, Type 1 diabetes in dogs has been cured. But it does not stop there. Scientists have been working on new ways for the 29 million Americans with diabetes to manage their care, including the development of implantable devices to help monitor blood sugar, replace insulin injections, and in some cases even place insulin-producing cells under the skin. Such groundbreaking breakthroughs would not be possible without the contribution of dogs, cats, and pigs.
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If you have not done so already, please take a moment to read NABR’s coverage of part one and part two of FBR’s series.