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Snails Provide Fast-acting Therapeutic Insulin

University of Utah, United States, researchers have found that the structure of an insulin molecule produced by predatory cone snails may be an improvement over current fast-acting therapeutic insulin. The finding suggests that the cone snail insulin, produced by the snails to stun their prey, could begin working in as few as five minutes, compared with 15 minutes for the fastest-acting insulin currently available. Biologist Helena Safavi, co-author on a paper describing the cone snail insulin published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, said that studying complex venom cocktails can open doors to new drug discoveries. “You look at what venoms animals make to affect the physiology of their prey, and you use that as a starting point,” she says. “You can get new ideas from venoms. To have something that has already been evolved — that’s a huge advantage.” Along with colleagues from Australia, U biochemists Danny Chou and Maria Disotuar, and biologists Joanna Gajewiak and Baldomero Olivera contributed to the study. Also, organophosphates (OP), the most frequently used insecticides worldwide, could induce high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and glucose intolerance when Continue reading >>

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  1. RightWingWacko58

    I just returned from a trip to Canada. Across from my hotel was a Shoppers Drug Mart so I went inside. I had been told that insulin was a lot cheaper in Canada and is available without a prescription.
    To make a long story short: 5 Pens of Lantis $113 Canadian 5 Pens of Humalog $65 Canadian.
    For those of us currently lacking insurance Both these retail for about $476 US each at local pharmacies here in Washington. $178 Canadian works out to about $124 US.
    I should have purchased several boxes, but I was worried about getting it back home. There was no issue at the border when returning home, but I suppose there might have been had I purchased several boxes.
    It will be nice to get back to using Modern Insulin again! Paid for the entire trip with the insulin savings... and then some.
    Fortunately for me, It's a fairly close drive, so I am seeing more trips to our northern neighbors while I work out my Insurance issues.

  2. SisterCole

    You can get bottles of humalog from Walmart here in Canada for 38.00 without a script necessary - its the only way I've been able to afford my insulin as I have no insurance (i'm canadian).

  3. QuietLotus

    Holy cow. As an American who has paid almost $300 for a vial in the past, I suddenly feel like there's something very wrong with my reality.

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