Washington: A new drug delivery technique for diabetes treatment has been developed, in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core. The sponge expands and contracts in response to blood sugar levels to release insulin as needed. The technique could also be used for targeted drug delivery to cancer cells."We wanted to mimic the function of health beta-cells, which produce insulin and control its release in a healthy body," Dr. Zhen Gu, lead author of the paper describing the work and an assistant professor in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said.
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