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Platypus Venom Could Spur Diabetes Treatment

Australian researchers have discovered a remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation’s most iconic native animal species, the platypus and the echidna (spiny anteater), which could pave the way for new treatments for Type 2 Diabetes in humans.

Their findings have now been published in the Nature Journal Scientific Reports and reveal that the same hormone produced in the gut of the platypus to regulate blood glucose is also surprisingly produced in their venom.

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