Cutting-edge research from Basel

March 12, 2024

Cells with an ear for musicTo control their blood sugar levels, diabetics have to inject insulin or use an insulin pump. Now, a team of researchers led by ETH professor Martin Fussenegger has discovered a solution that would allow diabetics to produce and administer this hormone in their own body. Their method involves enclosing insulin-producing designer cells in capsules, which are then implanted in the body. The cells contain a gene switch that enables the release of insulin to be controlled from outside the body. In a research first, the team has used music to trigger this process – a novel way to administer insulin.

Cells with an ear for music

To control their blood sugar levels, diabetics have to inject insulin or use an insulin pump. Now, a team of researchers led by ETH professor Martin Fussenegger has discovered a solution that would allow diabetics to produce and administer this hormone in their own body. Their method involves enclosing insulin-producing designer cells in capsules, which are then implanted in the body. The cells contain a gene switch that enables the release of insulin to be controlled from outside the body. In a research first, the team has used music to trigger this process – a novel way to administer insulin.

Biotechnology and Bioengineering Group

The source of this news is from ETH Zurich

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